What is Family Start?
Family Start is an intensive home visiting programme that focuses on improving children's growth, health, relationships, family circumstances, environment and safety.
It helps families/whaanau who are struggling with challenges that make it hard to care for their baby or young child. We deliver this programme in Manukau and Franklin areas.
How does Family Start work?
First, we match you with a Family Start whaanau worker, who walks alongside you. They will:
visit you at home to get to know you, your child, partner and family/whaanau,
find out what you've already got sorted, and the areas that you need help in,
explain how your baby is growing and changing at different stages,
help you identify your goals, and develop the plan to get there,
provide you with support,
connect you to services that will help you and you child
When should I contact Family Start?
If you are struggling or unsure, it is better to get in contact sooner rather than later.
We can start any time from when the mother is three months pregnant until the child's first birthday. If a child is bit older, we might still be able to help. We can continue working with you and your child until they turn five. After that we can help make sure you get on-going help if you need it.