Home Visiting Programs
Spero Family Services offers a wide range of home-visiting services to meet the ever-changing needs of children and families in our community. Our evidence-based interventions have been proven to be successful in supporting families. If you or someone you know would like more information about the support and education we offer, please contact us.
Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers is an evidence-based approach to building strong families and communities.
Parents and Caregivers are matched with trained professionals who make regular personal home visits during a child’s earliest years in life, from prenatal to age 3. Families with low income who live in Jefferson and Marion Counties and are experiencing multiple stressors are eligible for this service.
Goals of Parents as Teachers
- Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development.
- Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues.
- Prevent child abuse and neglect.
- Increase children’s school readiness and success.
A Doula is a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and after childbirth. A Doula is a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and after childbirth. Spero doulas will start working with you during your pregnancy providing visits and building a relationship with you. We will prioritize first-time moms, but will also be able to provide services for additional pregnancies. Doulas have been shown to reduce the length of labor and need for pain medications as well as help establish good breastfeeding routines.
Nurturing Parenting Program
Through this 20-session program, families meet with a Family Intervention Specialist for a minimum of one hour a week, for approximately six months, to learn critical skills. Designed for families who are receiving intact services through the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services or POS Agencies or families (in Jefferson County) who have risk factors for becoming involved in the child welfare system. The ultimate goal of Nurturing Parenting Program is to prevent recidivism in families receiving social services, reduce the rate of juvenile delinquency, and stop the intergenerational cycle of abuse by teaching positive parenting behaviors.
Nurturing Parenting Program is a family-centered initiative designed to build nurturing parenting skills.
This program serves families with children ages birth to 18 who reside in Jefferson, Marion, Clay, Hamilton, Wayne, Crawford, Richland, Lawrence, Fayette, Effingham, and Jasper Counties.
Mental Health/Juvenile Justice
The Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Initiative (MHJJI) facilitates the identification, screening, referral, and case monitoring of juveniles involved with, or at risk of becoming involved with, the juvenile justice system who are identified with a mental health issue. The initiative is aimed at strengthening linkages among the courts, probation, detention, schools, health care, mental health, and other community-based services. Participants are referred through community partners, including the probation offices within Jefferson and Marion Counties.