The main purpose of the Bootheel Baby Connect program is to reduce stress of parents with new babies, to help them have realistic expectations, and to help reduce isolation to prevent child abuse and neglect. Through the Bootheel Baby Connect Facebook group and the ParentLink WarmLine, ParentLink created an innovative style that can help parents overcome the many obstacles that surface during baby’s first year. Click here for our Bootheel Baby Connect brochure.
The target audience for Bootheel Baby Connect is parents of new babies from the counties of Dunklin, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Butler, Mississippi, Scott, and Stoddard. Bootheel Baby Connect targets the Bootheel area as it is known for high poverty and high teen birth rates. For instance, did you know teen parents made up nearly a quarter of the Bootheel-county births last year? (PubRecords, 2012).
What parents will find in the Bootheel Baby Connect Facebook group:
ParentLink staff will post (and encourage parents of new babies to post) questions, concerns, worries, fears and the daily milestones that come along with parenting. There will be opportunities to ask questions, take polls, post informational videos, organize and advertise local events and provide links for parents to search for more information. Topics covered include childcare, crying, growth and development, health and immunizations, home safety, language development, nutrition, sleep/SIDS, social and emotional development, stress, teething, toys, and more.
Find Bootheel Baby Connect on Facebook!
Read about Reducing Parent Stress through Baby Connect.
Funding for Bootheel Baby Connect was initially made possible through the Children’s Trust Fund.
ParentLink is proud to partner with the following agencies/programs:
- The Asset Building Center
- Pemiscot County Initiative Network
- Whole Kids Outreach
- Regional Health Care Foundation: Mother to Mother Program
- New Madrid County Family Resource Center
- The Suzanna Wesley Family Learning Center
- Building Blocks of Missouri, Nurse Family Partnership (NFP)
- Parents as Teachers (PAT)
- Early Head Start/Home Based Option (EHS)
- Healthy Families America (HFA)
- Nurses for Newborns (NFN)
Call ParentLink directly with any specific questions. ParentLink has a free and confidential WarmLine staffed by Master’s level Family Support Specialists. Call 1-800-552-8522 or 573-882-7323. All calls are confidential within the limits of the law.
Other Bootheel Resources for Families: