In-home Support Programs

1. Department of Social Services, Child Protective Services referral

a. Parents who have an open CPS case are referred to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County for individualized parenting education in the home.

b. Education can be parenting education or life skills education and is determined by the CPS case worker at the time of referral.

c. Parenting education covers topics such as parenting styles, discipline, rules/consequences, routines, stress management, child development, communication, and any other topic as needed per individual family.

d. Life skills education covers topics such as budgeting, nutrition, home safety, home sanitation, hygiene, and any other topic as needed per individual family.

e. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County educators work with families for a minimum of six visits, but can meet with the families beyond six visits until the case worker and the educator no longer feel education is necessary for the family.

2. Maternal and Early Childhood Foundation (MECF)

a. Families who have a child under the age of five can call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County and request parenting education in the home, without a referral from CPS.

b. MECF home visits have no limited number of visits and there are no maximum number of visits.

c. MECF home visits cover topics such as budgeting, parenting education, home safety/sanitation, nutrition, and any other topics as needed per individual family.

For more information, contact Tom at tdw26@cornell.edu or 315-788-8450.

3. Healthy Families Jefferson County

a. The Healthy Families New York home visiting program matches parents with knowledgeable and caring workers who provide information and support during pregnancy and early childhood. Services include helping families access community resources and services, educating families on parenting and child development, connecting families with medical providers, and assessing children for developmental delays.

b. The Healthy Families Program offers home-based services to support expectant families and new parents with the changes and needs that often come with the birth of a new child. Services are voluntary and provided at no cost.

c. Anyone can make a referral to Healthy Families; you can even refer yourself! We strive to talk with all expectant parents and parents of newborns in the communities we serve. Our goal is to identify strengths and challenges prenatally or at birth and provide appropriate information and referrals to help babies get off to a healthy start.

For more information visit North Country Prenatal Perinatal Council's website or contact Amanda Root at arr27@cornell.edu. 

Contact

Tom Wojcikowski
Parenting Program Educator
tdw26@cornell.edu
315-788-8450

Last updated April 30, 2018