A child's first six months of life can be the most important of their lives. All parents benefit from guidance in navigating and mitigating the risks inherent in this period of rapid brain development, yet immigrant parents—many of whom lack the financial resources, local family support, or access to or awareness of public benefits—are particularly in need of support. Inability to navigate social services systems may mean children do not get the nutrition support they need or leave families in unhealthy living situations at the mercy of unscrupulous landlords. Parents who lack legal status face additional barriers, as fear of detention and deportation in a time of heightened enforcement and inflamed political rhetoric is leading many to avoid seeking benefits for which they qualify, to avoid all interactions with government agencies.
This webinar will consider the approach of Project DULCE, a pediatric intervention program operating in health clinics in California, Florida, and Vermont. The program assigns parents family specialists, who act as their guide to child development, accessing benefits, and maximizing their well-child visits, as well as offering legal support through partner relationships. Join this call to learn more about this program's model and its impact on families and the communities in which they live.
- Wally Patawaran, Program Officer, Poverty, The JBP Foundation
- Patsy Hampton, Senior Associate & DULCE Program Manager, Center for the Study of Social Policy
- Dr. Sam Singer, Pediatrician, Alameda Health System
- Michelle Abarca, Program Officer, Children’s Services Council Palm Beach County
- Kara Hurvitz, Staff Attorney, MLPB
Registration for this event is now closed.
Calls are open to GCIR members, other grantmaking institutions, philanthropic advisors, and members and staff of philanthropic support organizations. (Participation is limited to organizations that share GCIR’s core values.)