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1/5/2019

Program strives to make sure babies are welcomed into loving homes


GREEN BAY - More than 3,000 babies are born each year in Brown County, Wisconsin. For some families, the joy of welcoming a new child into their family can be overshadowed by hardships.

The goal of a program in the county called, Welcome Baby, is to make sure those adversities don’t lead to struggles for the children. The program serves as an early-warning system to help prevent child abuse and neglect.

All resident families giving birth in Brown County are screened for risk factors. Those factors include financial hardships, education level and the disability status of the mother. Based on the screening, the family may be connected to community-based resources.

Between January and Sept. 2018, 725 parents received a Welcome baby visit at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center. Of those parents, 188 were identified as being “at-risk.”

Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin runs the program, which was created as part of a United Way need assessment in the community. HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center are committed to helping the program continue by offering financial support.
 

Media Contacts


Angela Deja
Public Relations Coordinator
angela.deja@hshs.org
(920) 272-3360

Dana Jermstad
Senior Communications and Public Relations Manager
dana.jermstad@hshs.org
(920) 429-1752
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