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United States Navy
Fleet and Family Support Center
Naval Base Guam, Bldg. 106
Naval Base Guam, GU 96540-1157
The New Parent Support Program is a team of support staff — made up of nurses, social workers and home visitation specialists — that focuses on providing individualized support for new and expecting parents. Services vary, but may include home visits, parenting classes, playgroups or prenatal classes. Find out what’s available at your installation. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Check out a nearby installation to see if they have additional resources.
The New Parent Support Program offers information, support and guidance to military families who are expecting a child or have a child 3 years old or younger. Services are provided free of charge to eligible families. Program staff provides support in the areas of pregnancy, labor and delivery, infant and toddler care and safety, growth and development, parenting and family relationships through home visits, classes, support groups and referrals to community services. New Parent Support Program staff understands the impact that military life can have on expectant and new families and assists families in coping with these special situations. Program services are tailored to each family's unique circumstances and can help with preparing for parenthood, parenting skills, understanding growth and development, couple communication and stress management.
New Parent Support Program services are provided by registered nurses, licensed social workers and parent educators.
Program services are available to military families with an expectant parent or with children 3 years of age or younger.
To get more information, contact your installation's Family Advocacy Program office. Find your installation on MilitaryINSTALLATIONS and select ‘Family Advocacy Program’ from the drop-down menu. You will find contact information specific to your installation on that page.
The New Parent Support Home Visitation Program is specially designed to provide support and help educate and develop positive nurturing parenting skills. The program is divided into two parts prenatal and postnatal. The prenatal aspect focuses on ensuring a healthy pregnancy as well as looking at some of the social, emotional and physical adjustments that go along with becoming pregnant and ultimately the changes in lifestyle that will ensue once the baby is born. The postnatal program provides parents with the tools to make healthy choices in parenting their children and challenges them to look at their own attitudes and beliefs which influence their parenting style.
Individuals interested in services are required to complete the Family Support Survey to assess the families' needs in order to participate in the program. This can be completed during the weekly OBGYN prepared childbirth class at the Naval Hospital, through the Family Practice Clinic or directly with the New Parent Support Home Visitation Program. Referrals are also often provided through the OBGYN Clinic, Mother Baby Unit, Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, Mental Health Department, Counseling Division of the Fleet and Family Support Center, Chapel, and different Commands. Once a family is enrolled in the New Parent Support Home Visitation Program, home visits will be scheduled to meet the needs of the individual family (usually on a weekly basis). Home visits give parents the opportunity to add tools to their "parenting toolbox" that will help them meet the challenges of being a parent in a positive manner. The Nurturing Parenting Program used by the New Parent Support Home Visitation Program is a home-based program that offers a curriculum comprised of 48 sessions for Infants and Toddlers and a total of 9 sessions for prenatal parents. The curriculum is intended to be tailored by the New Parent Support Home Visitor to meet the family's needs based on the family's assessment results and their interest and motivation.
Each family is given/lent a copy of the Parent Handbook which covers a variety of activities and information. The Home Visitor and participant determine together which sections should be the focus so that the curriculum is designed to meet the parents' needs. Opportunities for both parents and children to practice the skills presented and have fun are also provided during the home visit. Home visits are usually one and a half to two hours in length.
The New Parent Support Home Visitor may refer expectant and new parents to available resources, both on and off the installation, to best meet their needs. Participating families may need counseling, financial education, and/or assistance meeting concrete needs such as food, clothing, and utilities. Individual commands, the Medical Treatment Facility - Mental Health, Educational and Developmental Intervention Services and Pediatrics in particular and the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society are among the Navy resources most used by the New Parent Support Home Visitation Program. There are also, however, numerous community resources with which the New Parent Support Home Visitation Program works closely with for example: The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children - better known as the WIC Program, Department of Public Health and Social Services, the Birthing Center Sagua Managu and the Attorney General's Office.
The New Parent Support Program is offered at the Guam Fleet and Family Support Center, Building 106. Please call 671-333-2056/, Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for more information.