Family Start is a free home-visiting service that focuses on improving children's overall wellbeing and safety with holistic and culturally responsive support. We accept referrals from when a mother is confirmed to be pregnant up until when baby is 12 months old. In exceptional circumstances, a child may be accepted into the program until two years of age and we are able to continue to work with a family until there child starts school.
HOW DOES IT WORK
Family Start is voluntary and requires families' consent. This supportive programme encourages families with young children to access a range of welfare, health and other services they may need.
Who Can refer to family start
- Lead maternity carers – midwifes, general practitioners, and obstetricians.
- Hospital maternity services – including neo-natal units.
- Well-Child providers –all providers contracted to deliver the national Well-Child Tamariki Ora programme i.e. vaccinators, dental therapists, hearing and vision testers.
- Any providers, including Oranga Tamariki and other government departments, who work with families and recognise the need for referral.
To learn more about Family Start, please contact our main office
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