Taking care of a child can be confusing and difficult. If you’re struggling to manage your new life as a parent or parent-to-be, you might benefit from working with a professional family life coach from Catholic Social Services.
Our home visiting services are free and available to young moms and dads. If you’re expecting a child or you’re the parent of a child who has not yet started kindergarten, you’re eligible to participate.
Our goal is to provide education and support to help pregnant and parenting young people gain confidence as you work to raise a healthy, happy child and take care of your own well-being at the same time.
Catholic Social Services’ home visiting services include:
- Assessment of your individual needs
- Home-based parenting preparation and education incorporating the Nurturing Parenting curriculum
- One-on-one support as you gain the skills and knowledge to become a nurturing parent
- Help with setting and prioritizing parenting and personal goals
- Support and advocacy to help you meet your goals
- Career development support
- Referrals to the local network of helping services
Services are available to mothers and fathers, regardless of whether you’re living together as a couple or co-parenting from separate households.
After going through the Council on Accreditation (COA) review process for the first time in 2017, Erma’s House was held up as “a model for other organizations.”
In a perfect world, parents would never need to have supervised visitation with their children. But sometimes, in addition to losing custody, parents are deemed — by the courts, safety net professionals, children’s services, and sometimes even by themselves — as not being in a good place to spend unsupervised time with their own children.
As these parents work to remediate their personal issues, it remains important for them to retain, and perhaps repair, their relationship with their children in a safe, monitored and judgement-free environment. In Montgomery County, Catholic Social Services’ supervised visitation program has been meeting that need since 1997 at Erma’s House Family Visitation Center.