Phone: (910) 396-7951
Location: Soldier Support Center 3rd Floor (map)
Hours: Mon – Fri, 8 am – 5 pm
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What is the New Parent Support Program?
The New Parent Support Program (NPSP) is a program offered to Army families to enhance parent and infant attachment, increase knowledge of child development, and provide connections to the support services that allow parents to become nurturing and capable caregivers. The NPSP staff consists of licensed social workers and registered nurses who provide in-home parenting education, support, and resource linkage.
What if I already have children?
You don’t have to be a NEW parent to participate in the program! Army families that are pregnant or with children through the age of three years are eligible for NPSP services. Family Advocacy offers classes to parents with children of all ages. If you already have children you would require childcare for to attend one of these classes, we offer free childcare for them! Sign up two weeks prior to the class. Please visit the ACS Events Calendar to select a class that is convenient for you.
- Home Visitation. Our professional staff provides supportive and caring services to military families that are pregnant or with children through the age of three years. They can talk about your concerns as a parent or parent-to-be, and help you learn to cope with stress, isolation, post deployment reunions, and the everyday demands of parenthood in the privacy of your home. To schedule a home visit, call 396-5521 or email.
- Beginning Baby Sign and Practice Time. Baby Sign is a one-time class for parents and babies 8 months and older to learn natural baby sign language that allows babies and their parents to use simple signs to communicate important needs like being hungry or thirsty, hot or cold, afraid or sad. An easy-to-use sign language book is provided to each family. After the initial class, participants can join the Practice Time any sessions they would like to practice with their baby!
- CPR. CPR, First Aid and AED offered in the evenings or on Saturdays for Families expecting a baby, or those with a child in the home who is 36 months or younger. Pre-registration is required. Call for dates, times and location! Limited childcare is available.
- Newborn Care. This class is designed to provide parents with an understanding of their infant’s world along with basic skills necessary to care for their baby. In addition, this class provides an opportunity for “hands-on” practice with newborn care.
- Fatherhood Class. This is a “quick” class for new and soon-to-be dads of all ages. Dads will learn or develop their skills at diapering, burping, holding, swaddling, nurturing, and normal infant crying. All of your new skills will greatly benefit your new baby and support your overall family. Please join us as you learn to navigate through your journey into fatherhood. Please call 396-5521.
- Safe & Sound. This class is designed to provide parents with an understanding of their infant’s world along with safety information to keep their baby safe and sound.
- Safety, Organization, Resilience, Time Management (SORT). SORT lessons will educate parents on safety issues associated with parenting young children and guide parents through baby steps to help them set up routines, get rid of clutter, and put their life and home in order. SORT will provide parents with information to develop resiliency skills, find enjoyment in life and better handle stress. Lastly, parents will obtain skills to develop simple, practical time management tools and techniques to increase personal productivity.
- New Moms Healthy Stroller Strides. This is a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies. The routine includes power walking or running with intervals of strength and body toning using resistance bands, the stroller and the environment. Instructors add songs and activities into the routine to entertain and engage baby, while moms are led through a series of exercises. This unique program also provides moms with the opportunity to meet other moms and make new friends. Pre-registration is required. Call for dates, times and location!
- Marvelous Multiples. The purpose of the group is for families to provide support to each other and to answer questions, such as, “What did you do about sharing? Bargain shopping? Bedtime? Scheduling? The group will offer mentorship where experienced families of multiples will mentor new parents of multiples.
- Play Mornings. Available on Fort Bragg/Pope Neighborhood Centers and Linden Oaks in Cameron. An interactive playgroup to assist parents in learning developmentally appropriate play techniques and to help children improve their social, cognitive, and motor skills. Structured activities include singing and dancing, story time, a craft project, and free play time. No registration required, but must provide child(ren)’s immunization record(s).
- Infant Massage. This four part class is a hands-on experience where the basic nurturing skills of infant massage will be taught, demonstrated and practiced. The class is designed to give parents the skills to help ease stress, increase parents’ special alone and bonding time with their baby, and provide a positive way for any parent to interact with their infant. Research has shown that aside from strengthening of the parental bond, massage can help stimulate growth and weight gain, promote brain development and sensory awareness, improve digestion, muscle tone, circulation, relieve physical discomforts such as teething, gas and colic, and help a baby settle and sleep longer. Bring a soft blanket and baby of course! Registration required. Please call 396-5521.
- 0 to 1 Baby Fun. Babies are born ready to learn and you can help! This fun, interactive class will show you how babies think, feel, and learn, and how you can make everyday parenting moments count. For parents with a baby birth to 12 months old. Limited childcare available for older siblings, please call for information.
- Consider the possibility of neglect when the child:
Is frequently absent from school, begs or steals food or money, lacks needed medical or dental care, immunizations, or glasses, is consistently dirty and has severe body odor, lacks sufficient clothing for the weather, abuses alcohol or other drugs, states that there is no one at home to provide care.
- Consider the possibility of emotional maltreatment when the child:
Shows extremes in behavior, such as overly compliant or demanding behavior, extreme passivity, or aggression, is either inappropriately adult (parenting other children, for example) or inappropriately infantile (frequently rocking or head-banging, for example), is delayed in physical or emotional development, has attempted suicide, reports a lack of attachment to the parent.
- Consider the possibility of emotional maltreatment when the parent or other adult caregiver:
Constantly blames, belittles, or berates the child, is unconcerned about the child and refuses to consider offers of help for the child’s problems, overtly rejects the child.
- Consider the possibility of sexual abuse when the child:
Has difficulty walking or sitting, suddenly refuses to change for gym or to participate in physical activities, reports nightmares or bedwetting, experiences a sudden change in appetite, demonstrates bizarre, sophisticated, or unusual sexual knowledge or behavior, becomes pregnant or contracts a venereal disease (particularly under the age of 14), runs away, reports sexual abuse by a parent or another adult caregiver, attaches very quickly to strangers or new adults in their environment
- Consider the possibility of sexual abuse when the parent or other adult caregiver:
Is unduly protective of the child or severely limits the child’s contact with other children, especially of the opposite sex, is secretive and isolated, is jealous or controlling with family members.
Reporting abuse or neglect can protect a child and get help for a family—it may even save a child’s life. In North Carolina, any person who suspects child abuse or neglect is required to report. You should note as much detail as possible about the situation, including but not limited to a description of the incident, individuals involved, ages of the children, even license plate numbers. On post, immediately call Military Police at 396-0391. Off post, call 911. For additional information, call the Fort Bragg Family Advocacy Program at 396-5521 or Family Member Behavioral Health at 907-7869.
Cumberland County Department of Social Services 910-677-2450
Family Advocacy Program 910-396-5521
Financial Assistance 910-396-2507 After Duty Hours: 1-877-272-7337 (toll free)
Military One Source 1-800-342-9647 (24 hours)
Family Member Behavioral Health (FMBH) 910-907-7869