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Mother & Infant

For Mother & Infant Program questions, please contact:

Daphne Laput, Mother & Infant Coordinator or (845) 557-8353 x 322

Mother & Infant Program

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.

During Pregnancy, We Offer:

Postpartum & Beyond, We Offer:

As Your Child Grows, They Will Be Provided:

  • Individualized treatment services
  • Access to prenatal care
  • Classes in pregnancy and childbirth
  • Additional counseling focused on pregnancy and caring for young children
  • Specialized schedule
  • Access to postnatal and pediatric care
  • OCFS-licensed on-site daycare for infants & toddlers (up to three years old)
  • Hands-on instruction from our Registered Nurse
  • Continued education on nutrition, bonding, and child development
  • Parenting groups
  • A warm and loving atmosphere
  • OCFS-licensed on-site daycare for infants & toddlers (up to three years old)
  • Developmentally appropriate activities

Mother & Infant Program Criteria

Child must be under three years old, and not expected to turn three within the time of the mother’s treatment at New Hope Manor.

The decision for children to join the Program is dependent on the interdisciplinary decision between the Mother & Infant Coordinator, the Clinical and Medical teams, CPS (if involved), and capacity in the daycare.

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The following criteria must be met to determine eligibility for our Mother & Infant Program:

Mother & Infant Program Criteria:

Legal Status Criteria:

Client reaches the Foundation Phase of their journey to recovery:

  • Following the schedule: wake up, meal time, work floor, group/class
  • Maintaining a clean and orderly living space
  • Dressing properly for the occasion (work, pool, bed, classes/groups, outings, court)
  • Maintaining positive relationships with peers and staff (no fighting, no raised voice, no physical contact)
  • Sustaining sobriety until the next treatment plan goals are set
  • Remaining in treatment without requests to leave the program
  • Demonstrating honesty and being open to correction or direction from staff

In addition, a mother must:

  • Complete first treatment plan thoroughly
  • Attend all individual sessions with counselor and social worker and shows open-mindedness and willingness to change
  • Follow all house rules, including showing respect to staff and other clients
  • Maintain stable mental health and demonstrate emotional regulation
  • Refrain from gossip, drama, and program bashing
  • Engage in group discussions and activities
  • Utilize communication skills and coping skills in any conflicts
  • Attend and participate in Parenting Group (if enrolled)
  • Meet with the Mother & Infant Coordinator to discuss process of child coming to New Hope Manor and begin some Mother & Infant readings and/or videos (if assigned)
  • Review the Mother & Infant Package and discuss rules and expectations with the Mother & Infant Coordinator
  • If having visits with a child on New Hope Manor property, all New Hope Manor rules must be followed during the visits
  • Utilizes communication skills and coping skills in any conflicts
  • Demonstrates responsibility in taking care of own belongings, timeliness to sessions and groups, completing assignments, caring for self and property, and cleanliness of room
  • Attends and participates in the Parenting Group
  • Meets with the Mother & Infant Coordinator to discuss process of the child coming to Program; begin education around Mother & Infant readings and/or videos
  • Reviews Mother & Infant package and discusses rules and expectations with the Mother & Infant Coordinator.
  • If mothers are already conducting visits with a child, continued following of New Hope Manor rules during the visits is expected
  • Mother has custody of the child
  • New Hope Manor defers evaluation of parental readiness to Child Protective Services (CPS) and/or the Court
  • CPS approval (if needed)
  • Necessary legal documents
  • Child’s required paperwork includes:
    • Active medical insurance card
    • Birth certificate
    • Social Security card
    • Documentation of child’s medical history
    • Copy of all immunizations from your pediatrician’s office

Please note that meeting the Child Intake Criteria is not a guarantee that your child will be eligible for or accepted into our Mother & Infant Program; acceptance to the Program is individualized based upon review by our Mother & Infant Coordinator, the Clinical and Medical teams, CPS (if involved), and capacity within the daycare. Our Mother & Infant Coordinator will schedule a phone screening with the mother, and if eligible for the daycare program, will work with the mother upon admission to ensure that all criteria is met.