TEACUP Preemie Program®
Premature infants are three times more likely to suffer abuse than a full-term baby due to their medical complications. Babies born too soon, often face serious health and medical complications. On average, one in seven babies born in Palm Beach County is premature.
We begin with preemies
Through our Teacup Preemie Program® we provide resources and support to lower income parents of premature infants fighting for survival in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at Wellington Regional Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center and Bethesda Hospital East. We partner with distraught, overwhelmed, financially stressed parents and pair them with the appropriate medical providers and community services necessary to ensure the well-being of their premature baby. Support groups are available to families at all three hospitals. We also provide hospital grade breast pumps to mothers in need, as breast milk reduces health problems like gut rot in preemies and fosters bonding between mother and preemie.
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Parent Aide Mentoring
We mentor parents
Children whose parents lack sufficient education, have deficient coping skills, suffer financial hardship, endure poor health and have little to no support systems are at greater risk of abuse than their counterparts whose parents are better equipped to manage the challenges and stress of parenting.
Through our evidence-based Parent Aide Mentoring Program, we provide a strong, consistent support system for at-risk families, ultimately to protect children. We match each family with a highly qualified mentor who visits the home on a weekly basis for 6-12 months. Mentors observe parent interactions, teach non-violent parenting practices, connect parents with much- needed community services and improve their ability to meet the basic needs of their family. Through this supportive relationship, we create healthy, positive and fully functioning families to ensure children’s needs are met, children are safe in their homes and families remain together.
We educate industry professionals
In practice and in research, less emphasis is put on prevention strategies than on the identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect. To fully protect children, we must get everyone who interfaces with children and families working together toward the common goal of prevention.
Our Turn on the Light National Conference on the Wellbeing of Children & Families, held since 2004, attracts over 400 industry professionals and child advocates and is respected as the premier conference of the southeast. The full day symposium offers an impressive array of educational workshops as well as resource booths and a nationally known keynote luncheon speaker. The event is recognized for delivering current research findings, educational information and resources, developing collaborative efforts and creating a productive foundation for successful networking – all to ensure the protection of children.
We conduct community education presentations and training workshops year round for industry professionals and volunteers. We have provided education services to a variety of organizations including the Palm Beach County School District, PBC Guardian ad Litem Program, and the Mental Health Association. To schedule a presentation or training for your organization, click here.