Families Free will provide support for mothers of drug-exposed infants who are “rooming in” with their child at the Niswonger Children’s Hospital NICU. This is accomplished through having a presence and offering regularly scheduled groups on the NICU floor including Motivational Curriculum, Nurturing Parenting Curriculum, Art Therapy, and Spirituality.
Full Addiction Severity Index (ASI) assessments will be offered as an opportunity for mothers to recognize the impact of substance use in their lives and learn about treatment programs appropriate to their needs. Mothers will also have on-site family specialist support and case management available to promote bonding and attachment and care of their infant, engagement with doctors and other hospital personnel, and develop a hospital to home plan. Families Free will also provide items for safe baby care in the home.