The Mother & Infant Program provides a safe, stable environment for women struggling with substance abuse to cultivate relationships with their children under three while they are in a residential program. The Mother & Infant Program promotes the importance of bonding and building a healthy parenting relationship during a mother’s sobriety. Mothers are expected to actively care for and bond with their child, while also complying to program rules and actively engaging in the Mother & Infant Program. Engaging in the Program consists of mothers actively participating in Mother & Infant Program groups, being receptive to parenting advice and guidance, complying with all rules and regulations, taking an active role in their parenting, completing assignments, and attending sessions with the Mother & Infant Coordinator. Through the on-site daycare, mothers are offered a reprieve from their children to focus on groups, therapy, sessions, treatment work, sober socialization, and classes. It is expected that mothers will learn to balance caring for their children and work through assisting their children to achieve a stable schedule and fully participating in all aspects of their recovery program.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age 5 who are found to be at nutritional risk. At New Hope Manor, mothers who are eligible for WIC are provided a separate refrigerator and pantry area. Each mother is responsible for keeping her personal section clean. Access to this food is permitted at specified times throughout the day.