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WOVEN

WOVEN is a specialized program funded by the Tennessee Department of Health and Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, designed to serve mothers who deliver, or are at risk of delivering, a drug exposed infant. Participants may enroll in the program while pregnant or upon delivery of the baby regardless of the custody status.

The goals of WOVEN are to provide support for women to obtain sobriety and maintain a drug-free lifestyle. This includes alcohol and drug treatment, resource linkage to meet basic needs, and counseling on long-term, reversible birth control.

WOVEN participants will also recieve parenting education and hands-on support to facilitate appropriate bonding with their newborn. Each participant in the program will receive:

• Coordination of services with DCS, Health Department, and Medical providers (to address the needs of the infant, and the mom, as well as counseling for family planning)

• Alcohol and Drug Treatment

• Individual case management services which will take place in the client’s home or community setting

• Parenting Education, including class instructions and indivdual services

• Evidence-based programming including Nurturing Parenting, and Seeking Safety

• Assistance with accomplishing goals established by the Department of Childrens Services

• Life Skills Education

Group programming will take place at Families Free where women may bring their newborn. While at the facility, nurturing/bonding and safe care of the infant is modeled and encouraged by Families Free staff.

Our strategies to achieving our mission include…

• Encouraging and facilitating the development of a social network that may surround and support these vulnerable families.

• Conducting research to understand the complex and changing needs of this population.

• Placing knowledgeable workers inside home to help these families address their needs.

The development of healthy families is made possible by adequate access to resources and the social support of a community.

Families Free has taken time to investigate and understand the situation surrounding families of prisoners through stakeholder seminars, informal needs assessments, and one-on-one conversations with families and professionals working with this population. One fact is that simply not enough is known about these families and their situations to fully address the problems resulting. We have witnessed how these families are falling through the gaps of service provisions in our communities.

At this time, one of the most effective means in effecting change is to address the needs of the parents and families, as a whole. We are currently running 2 programs using evidence-based approaches and solutions supported by scientific literature. Please follow the links to learn more about each program!

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