Enriching the lives of children and their families
Every parent wants the best for their children. Sometimes, though, a child has developmental or medical needs far beyond a parent’s ability to provide. Other times, the parents may lack the resources or tools to meet their child’s needs.
VNSNY offers services for infants and children who require home care, as well as for medically fragile children and those with developmental issues and special needs. Our programs for high-risk families address the barriers that young parents face, giving low-income, first-time mothers and fathers the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty.
VNSNY’s Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) provides the comprehensive support that young mothers in the Bronx and Nassau County need to keep their babies healthy, learning, and thriving from pregnancy onward. By working closely with both mother and baby, our NFP staff is helping to break the cycle of poverty and improve the future for its clients and their families.
The remarkable track record of VNSNY’s Nurse-Family Partnership speaks to the power of this program. The NFP program identifies first-time, low-income mothers-to-be—nearly half of whom are still in their teens—and pairs them with a specially trained VNSNY nurse. The two meet regularly from pregnancy through the child’s second birthday, which gives the mother time to learn and master the tools she needs to maintain her health, enhance her child’s development, and plan for her child’s future and pursue her own educational and career goals.
Research shows that, compared to their peers, women who participate in the Nurse-Family Partnership tend to have better prenatal health, wait longer to have another child, and are more likely to continue school and get a job.
Although Marlenne appreciated VNSNY’s Nurse-Family Partnership throughout her pregnancy and her daughter’s infancy, she realized the power of the program when motherhood suddenly felt unmanageable.
For children up to age 18 who are facing serious and complex medical challenges, VNSNY’s Maternity, Newborn and Pediatric (MNP) services are often a critical lifeline.
Working closely with families and their physicians to ensure the best possible outcomes, our MNP nurses, social workers, rehabilitation therapists, and home health aides provide high-quality, family-focused home care.
Our MNP care teams offer medical support for children with a wide range of severe conditions, including prematurity, AIDS, seizure disorders, sickle cell anemia, cerebral palsy, disabilities, childhood cancers, organ transplants, and pediatric palliative care needs, as well as neurological, respiratory, orthopedic, and cardiac disorders. Care teams also provide emotional support and education to parents and any siblings. Such family-focused care is an important element to achieving the best possible outcomes for a sick child, and limiting stress and upheaval.
MNP also provides specialized clinical and home health aide services for pregnant and postpartum women, treating postpartum complications including post-cesarean wound care, and for high-risk conditions during pregnancy such as diabetes, pre-term labor, hypertension, and HIV/AIDS. In 2016, MNP services provided care to 6,500 children and their families.
Following a devastating brain hemorrhage and a year in the hospital, Julio* could barely move or speak and depended on a feeding tube. VNSNY put together a comprehensive team to help him and his family.
Helping 16- to 35-year-old first-time fathers connect with and stay connected to their children can be life-changing for both parent and offspring. VNSNY’s Bronx Fatherhood Program provides the support, skills, and knowledge these young men—many of whom may have grown up fatherless themselves—need to appreciate and take on the responsibilities and joys of fatherhood.
Guided by VNSNY staff, these fathers receive basic parenting instruction, and are linked to community resources that help them continue their education, find employment, and contribute financially as well as emotionally to their children’s lives. The result, say program graduates, is a life richer than they could have imagined.