Family and parenting support programs emphasize the importance of a stable family unit and a safe home in the development of young children. These programs offer support to parents and families as they manage the demands of raising young children.
Healthy Families Mississippi (HFM)
HFM is a home visiting program that provides services to pregnant adult/teen women or families with children three months of age or younger. HFM is free, confidential, and voluntary. If you would like to be referred to HFM, please click here to complete a referral form.
Contact: 800-877-7882 or email DECCD@mdhs.ms.gov
MS Access and Visitation Program (MAP-V)
MAP-V is designed to encourage noncustodial parents to visit their children as specified in a court order or divorce decree. Additional services of MAP-V include mediation, parent education, neutral drop-off/pick-up, assistance with parenting plans, visitation compliance monitoring, and counseling. Paternity must be established for all cases, and participants seeking assistance with visitation must have a verified court order or divorce decree. Parents with a history of family violence may not be eligible for participation in this program.
Contact: 601-359-4589 or 800-590-0818
Families First Resource Center
This federally funded program provides parent education, youth development, fatherhood initiatives, and abstinence-until-marriage education for children and youth ages 7 to 19. Families First includes classes, workshops, presentations, outreach activities, support groups, and peer-mentoring programs across the state. Families First also includes life-skills programs and character education in regular school settings, after-school programs, and faith-based organizations. Participation is voluntary. The program is available in Lee, Madison, Lafayette, and Clay counties.
Contact: (877) 826-8631
Child Support Services
Every child deserves love and support from both parents to develop into the most productive adult possible. The child support program also provides a myriad of other services that include, but are not limited to, paternity establishment, location and enforcement services, and obtainment and modification of court orders.
Contact: (877) 882-4916
Youth Development Programs
MDHS partners with community organizations to bring programming for children and youth across Mississippi. Organizations that receive program funding from MDHS include the YMCA, the Boys and Girls Clubs, and Big Brother/Big Sister. To learn more about the availability of these programs in your community, click here.
Delta Parents as Teachers (Delta PAT)
Delta PAT is part of the Delta Home Visiting Initiative and provides parents of children ages zero to 5 with child development and parenting support through home visits; health, hearing, and vision screenings; parent group meetings; and access to resource networks. Utilizing women recruited from the local community and trained as outreach workers, Delta PAT provides home visits to pregnant women and families with young children to promote healthy living. Leading by example, they listen to parents’ concerns; educate them about nutrition, health, and children’s development; model positive parenting practices; and provide assistance linking to social services.