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1st Five - Healthy mental development in the first five years

Healthy mental development in the first five years

1st Five Success Stories

Overwhelmed Mother

In Polk County, a nine-month-old child was referred to 1st Five for health insurance issues. The 1st Five coordinator contacted the mother and completed a 1st Five intake form and scheduled a home visit to meet with the mother. While speaking with the mother other issues came up including: depression, family stress, developmental delays and behavioral issues with her older children, her own physical disability, economic and housing difficulties, in addition to employment, educational and child care needs. Based on this relationship and the issues that arose, referrals were made to various resources, including the Child Guidance Center for psychological support for an older child and for mom's depression. Resources were also provided in areas such as employment support, GED classes, childcare, infant care and financial assistance.