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Family Support Services

Family Support at NorthShore

Throughout your pregnancy and up to baby’s first 2 years, your Family Support Specialist will meet with you during one on one home or office visits, group visits, and family events. 

Topics covered during baby’s first 3 months
  • 2 Month Well Child Check-Up and Child Development Screening
  • Immunizations Facts & Schedule
  • Tummy Time
  • Feeding Tips & Risk
  • Safe Sleep Practices & Car Seat Safety
  • Post-Partum Exams and Birth Control Options
  • Baby Blues versus Post-Partum Depression
Topics covered during baby’s 4-6 months
  • 4 Month & 6 Month Well Child-Up, Immunization Schedule & Child Development Screenings
  • Sleeping Through the Night
  • Baby Cereals
  • Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
  • Child-Proofing & Safety Concerns
  • 6 Month Adult Dental Exams & Cleaning
  • Stress Management
Topics covered during baby’s 6-9 months
  • 9 Month Well Child Check-Up & Child Development Screenings
  • Discipline
  • Bedtime Routines
  • Sippy Cups and Speech Delays
  • Safety Checklist
  • Common Household Poisons
  • Annual Exams for Women & Men
  • Emotional Health
Topics covered during baby’s first 9-12 months
  • 12 Month Well Child Check-Up & Child Developmental Screening
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Food to Introduce & Avoid
  • Finger Foods
  • Car Seat Safety
  • Choosing a Babysitter
  • Fun Family Activities
Topics covered once baby hits 1 year
  • Annual Well Child Check-Ups
  • 1st Dental Exam
  • Child Development Stages for 1 ½-4 year olds
  • Speech and Language Development
  • Television & Internet Viewing
  • Potty Training
  • Family Meals
  • Setting Limits & Consequences
  • Happy Birthday Baby Celebration

Resources provided as needed:

Medical/Dental/Vision Care & Exams, Healthcare Coverage, Birth Control, Stop Smoking Programs, Transportation to Appointments

Child Development
Childcare & Childcare Assistance, Developmental Delays/Special Needs, Early Childhood Programs/Playgroups

Household Needs
Utilities Assistance Programs, Low Income/Section 8 Housing, Homeless/Family Violence Shelters, TANF/Cash Assistance Programs, Clothing, Employment Assistance Programs, GED Education Programs

Counseling, Parenting Classes, Family & Community events

Nutrition Needs
Lactation Program, Food Pantries, SNAP/WIC Programs, Nutrition Programs

Car Seat Safety Programs, Safe Sleep Programs

Group education:

Family Food Fun Group Meeting: Families with children under age two are invited to a monthly group meeting where they will enjoy interactive story time with their children, including tips on ways to engage their children through each developmental stage. While children have a chance to play with age appropriate toys and books, parents/guardians also receive a cooking demonstration where they can learn ways to shop on a budget. The first 20 families take home groceries with the items used to make the recipe created at each meeting.

Additional services:

  • Pregnancy Test Verification
  • Breast Pump Assistance
  • Car Seat Education, Inspection, and Installation
  • Non-Stress Test for High Risk Pregnant Patients
  • Pack-N-Play Assistance
  • Perinatal Loss Program
  • “NWI Family Support” Facebook Page


  • Baby Basics
  • Big Brother/Big Sister
  • Labor Basics
  • Family & Friend CPR