At Lighthouse, we know that a safe, nurturing, consistent home environment for children provides them with the best chance at a healthy and fulfilling life, which is why our highly successful Young Parents and Babies Program provides targeted support for both young parents and their children. This program provides therapeutic care in Lighthouse homes for vulnerable young parents and their children, helping them heal from trauma they have experienced and build healthy relationships and establish routines with their children. The Young Parents and Babies Program addresses the root causes of youth homelessness by interrupting the cycle of intergenerational trauma and homelessness. Therapeutic Carers and Case Managers in the program support young parents by role modelling parenting techniques, teaching essential life skills and helping them to develop strong attachments with their babies, leading to more young families being successfully transitioned into fully independent living.
Lighthouse’s therapeutic case management provides appropriate tailored interventions for each young parent and baby, including external maternal and child health professionals, pediatricians and speech therapists. Social skills are developed through playgroups, music sessions, meditation and baby massage. When they feel ready, parents are assisted to reconnect with education and training, professional work and other goals they want to pursue.