Mission: The mission of Madonna Place is to strengthen families, promote health and to prevent child abuse and neglect.
Programs: Families first/nurturing families program: this program offers parent education and support services to first time parents in the greater norwich area, and is done in partnership with backus hospital. 203 parents and children received either the intensive home visiting or the nurturing connections telephone, information and referral support program this year. The program continues to show excellent success in preventing child abuse and neglect. 98% of the children were up to date with their immunizations and well-child care, and all of the pregnant women in the program received recommended and early prenatal care. Great beginnings/maternal infant early childhood home visiting program: this program offers voluntary home visiting to pregnant women and expectant fathers using the evidence-based model parents as teachers. Services are provided primarily to families in the targeted high need towns of norwich, griswold and sprague. The goal of the program is to improve maternal and infant health as well as improve child health and developmental outcomes. The pregnant mothers achieved a 100% rate of compliance with prenatal care, and 100% of the children were up to date on child health visits and immuniztions. 147 parents and children were served. Triple p parenting program: triple p is a program of evidence-based education and support for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents. The program increases parenting skills by engaging, encouraging and empowering families to address common childhood social, emotional and behavioral problems. Triple p builds parent's confidence in parenting abilities which helps them develop skills to manage their children's behavior and cultivate strong relationships with their children. 110 parents and children were served. All of the parents who completed the program effectively applied the skills that they learned, increased their confidence level, and improved their relationship with their child.
I have worked with Madonna Place for many years as a colleague in another non-profit working with children and families. In this past year I have been given the opportunity to volunteer at Madonna Place and see the Mission of the organization in action. The things the Madonna Place's skilled employees are able to do to support and strengthen families in SECT are critical, including the Fatherhood Initiative. I could not more highly recommend this agency to the community. I consider myself very lucky to have the chance to volunteer there.