Nurse-Family Partnership Program
The Nurse-Family Partnership Program (NFP) is a free program for first-time moms. A nurse will visit you throughout your pregnancy and until your baby turns two. The nurse can coach and encourage you, prepare you for childbirth, and help you deliver a healthy baby. After your baby is born, they will continue to visit you and help you keep your baby healthy.
“Your nurse home visitor will always be there for you, from helping you have a healthy pregnancy, to coaching you on child development, to empowering you to pursue your heart’s desire.” – NFLP
Visit the NFP website.
Note: Referrals to the NFP must be submitted by the 24th week of pregnancy.
Health and Nutrition
Looking for help making healthy choices for you and your young children? Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a federal government program for pregnant women and new mothers and their children under five. It can help you get healthy food and other services for you and your kids. To get started, visit a WIC office. WIC has local offices all over California. Call 1.888.WIC.WORKS or visit the WIC website to download and print an application form and find the WIC office nearest you.
If you are looking for a clinic for you and your baby then check out this map, which includes L.A. clinics that accept Medi-Cal, offer prenatal & pediatric care, and are members of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County.
Support for Fathers
Project Fatherhood and L.A. Fathers offer support, including individual and family counseling, group support, significant others group, therapeutic activities for children, preventing child abuse and neglect and helping fathers to make healthy decisions in relationships.
- Project Fatherhood: 213.260.7600
- L.A. Fathers: 323.361.5982
The Los Angeles County Resource and Referral (R & R) Agencies help provide parents with free or low-cost child care. If you are in foster care, you may be eligible for child care funding through DCFS. Ask your social worker to make a referral to the DCFS child care unit. Either way, you should still get on the Resource and Referral wait list as soon as possible after your baby is born. Call the R & R Hotline at 888.922.4453 to find the agency in your area and get on the wait list for child care.
If you are in foster care and have a child, an Infant Supplement (cash assistance) is paid to your foster care provider to assist with the baby’s financial needs. The baby will have his/her own Medi-Cal coverage. If you are in extended foster care and living in a Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP), the Infant Supplement will be paid directly to you in addition to the foster care payment.
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