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.
We first became acquainted with Madonna Place in 2004. Over these 10 years we have come to witness the critical role that they play in the community. We have seen how they help to prevent child abuse and neglect through educating parents with their Family School Connection and the Families First - Nurturing Families Program. They also have a Family Support Center where parents can come and prepare a meal and obtain basic supplies if needed. Madonna Place is a vital organization serving the community to help ensure proper child development. It's a privilege and honor to partner with them.
I learned about the Madonna Place and how it helps the community a few years ago. I thought it was a great place for children and families to grow together. I actually benefited from the agency when I became a 1st time mom 19 months ago. Its pretty scary to bring a child up in this world and I had someone call me once a week to check up in me through one of the programs run through Madonna Place. She was a mother herself and she gave me tips and insight based on her own life with children that I used to help me get through my first couple of months as a new mom. The other program that I am extremely happy with is the Fatherhood Initiative Program. Having never been part of the program I know what it stands for and how many fathers it has helped. I wish there were more programs out there who give so much hope to the community as Madonna Place does.