Babies First - Mobile, AL
This program provides residential group care for mothers and their babies. The long term goals of this program are:
We can consider for admission girls who are pregnant or have a young child. Though ages at each location vary, mothers are usually ages 14 to 20. Children can be age 0 to 4 or older in some cases. We take them in because their needs cannot be adequately met through families or other out-of-home placements.
Our experienced, professional and licensed staff supervises the program, and assists with counseling, educational programs, evaluations and long-term planning.
The children placed into Residential Group Care come from varied socioeconomic, cultural and religious backgrounds to live and to learn in a healthy, nurturing home environment. Many have faced difficult childhoods and have mild to moderate emotional and/or behavioral challenges.
Each child follows an individualized plan of care developed by our qualified caregivers. The goals of the plan are to increase self-reliance, emotional stability, spiritual growth, and interpersonal competence. Each home can care for six to eight children between the ages of 11 and 18. Each child/youth is evaluated and placed according to their best interest.
When it is safe to do so, we make every effort to involve family members in the children’s lives and ultimately help transition them back into their own homes. When this is not possible, we work with the community to provide opportunities for family involvement outside of the group home.
Contact UMCH’s Babies First Program Manager, Kirara Sheldon, for more information.