Programs

First Steps

First Steps

First Steps Glynn & McIntosh (a partnership with Southeast Georgia Health System): Each mom who delivers a baby at SGHS is eligible to receive services from the First Steps program. Following the mother’s approval, a staff person goes into the hospital room and gives the new mom a package of information on helpful topics for new parents. They are also able to help explain what is normal for the baby and the mom as they recover from the trauma of delivering. Our staff speaks with the parents, answers questions and makes referrals if a need is uncovered. A volunteer then follows up with phone calls for three months after the baby is born to ensure the family is receiving all the care and services they need.


Healthy Families

P.O. Box 2899, Brunswick, GA 31520
762-218-3848

Healthy Families

What is Healthy Families of Coastal Georgia? Healthy Families of Coastal Georgia (HFCG) is a credentialed program following a national program model designed to help expectant and new parents get their children off to healthy start. Families participate voluntarily in the program and receive free home visiting and referrals from trained staff. By providing services to overburdened families, HFCG fits into the continuum of services provided to families by the Coastal Coalition for Children, Inc. and other coastal area agencies.

HFCG uses the Growing Great Kids prenatal to 36 months curriculum. This curriculum is an interactive parenting and child development curriculum and a staff development program. The curriculum includes assessment tools to monitor baby’s developmental growth. The program focuses on the development of nurturing and empathetic parent – child relationships beginning at birth.

A trained Family Support Workers (FSW) is assigned to the family and visits the home once a week. They present the Healthy Families parenting curriculum, model appropriate mother/child behavior, monitor the baby’s growth and development, and make referrals to help the parent provide a safe healthy home for their child.The objective of the program is to support young families as they strive to create a safe and stable home environment for their child. The Family Support Worker helps the family develop an individual family support plan to attain educational and financial goals and become self-sufficient members of the community. We encourage young families to remain in the program until the child is of age to attend an instructional pre-school program at 3 to 4 years of age.

Who is Eligible?The Healthy Families program is available to any consenting parents in Glynn and McIntosh Counties. A preliminary screen must be taken prenatally or within two weeks of birth to determine eligibility for the program. There is no cost to participants.

Healthy Families Program Director
Lori Hatton

Family Assessment
Linda Mincey
Family Support Staff
Dana Beckham
Elizabeth Ramirez
Marsha Mitchell
Shekinah Thompson
Sherry Young
Shirley Gibbs

First Steps Coordinator
Linda Mincey

Program Staff

Executive Director
Terri Evans

Finance
Jan Storch

Healthy Families Program Director
Lori Hatton

Clinical Supervisors
Allison Roderick
Tammie Johnson

Family Assessment
Linda Mincey

Family Support Staff
Dana Beckham
Elizabeth Ramirez
Marsha Mitchell
Shekinah Thompson
Sherry Young
Shirley Gibbs

First Steps Coordinator
Linda Mincey

Grandparent Connection Program Manager
Margaret Gant


Grandparent Connection

There are 2,500 or more families in Glynn County in which the primary caregivers for the children are their grandparents. For grandparents, raising children for the second time can be very challenging. It is an adjustment for the grandparents as well as the children and Grandparent Connection provides help to make the situation easier for all involved. The Grandparent Connection guides grandparents in raising children by helping to bridge generational gaps, meet the child’s physical and emotional needs, and locate financial and healthcare assistance. It is not limited to grandparents and is also available to help relative, or kinship, caregivers. Grandparent Connection advocates for these families through the school system and helps grandparents to find resources they might not be aware of that can be beneficial to their family.

Parenting Classes: The Grandparent Connection, in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia, provides parenting classes for grandparents at local Boys and Girls Club facilities. The curriculum, “Parenting the Second Time Around”, is designed specifically for “grandfamilies.” These classes are designed to help grandparents understand the issues facing children today and help them identify their grandchildren’s emotional needs as well as their physical needs. The curriculum is divided into 8 modules addressing family dynamics, current methods to effectively discipline children, the legal concerns of relatives rising children, advocacy and connection with community programs. The Boys and Girls Club staff provides supervised programs for the grandchildren while the grandparents are in class. Upon competition of the classes, grandparents are encouraged to continue to support one another in the monthly peer support group meetings. the classes are offered a different Boys and Girls Club sites throughout the year.

Support Groups: The Grandparent Connection holds monthly peer support group meetings on the third Tuesday of the month at the Terrell Thomas Boys and Girls Club Center in Brunswick. The group provides input as to the topics discuss at the peer support meetings. The Grandparent Connection works closely with the Health Department, Police, the County Extension Office, Legal and Financial Advisors, the YWCA, School Systems, and the Glynn Co. Recreation Department to provide grandparents with the vital information they need in raising their grandchildren. These groups give presentations and answer questions regarding any aspect of raising a child, including:

  • Obtaining help for the children through their school
  • Qualifying for Government Health Care
  • Immunizations
  • Custody and Adoption Issues

Benefits of the support groups have been invaluable to the participating grandparents. The accepting environment and opportunity to connect with people who are experiencing the same things helps grandparents, and children, to know they are not alone. Members offer help and support to each other in many ways. They are able to help each other with things such as childcare, transportation, and advice. These families get together periodically and have picnics, Easter egg hunts, trips to local water parks, and Family Days at the YWCA. Through donations Grandparent Connection is able to host an Giving Tree and a Back to School party.

Grandparent Connection has an open door policy and is always available to help grandparents or relative caregivers with dealing with the many issues involved with raising children. The office is located in the same building as Coastal Coalition.

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