- New Parent Support Program
The New Parent Support Program (NPSP) promotes healthy Families through a variety of services including home visits, support groups, and parenting classes. We help Soldiers and Families learn to cope with stress, isolation, post-deployment reunions, and the everyday demands of parenthood. Army Families who are expecting a child or who have children up to age three can participate in all of our services confidentially and free of charge.
Each installation has developed unique New Parent Support Program services that include:
- Home visits: Scheduled at your convenience, home visits bring you education and reassurance right to your own home on many topics, including breastfeeding, sleeping, nutrition, potty training, age-appropriate discipline, developmental screenings, sibling rivalry, stress management, deployment issues, and time management. NPSP-Home Visitors are supportive and caring licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs) or registered nurses (RNs). They have extensive experience working with young children and are sensitive to your unique challenges as a military Family.
- Expectant Parent Workshop: Helps to provide valuable information about pregnancy and postpartum health, basic infant care, infant massage, parenting skills, safety, discipline, stress management, deployment issues, and community resources.
- Play groups: Scheduled regularly at installations, they help children learn through play in a supportive atmosphere that benefits parents as well. Activities include story time, crafts, and music.
- Military Homefront: A free weekly parenting email with support, tips and advice, updates about your baby’s developmental milestones, and other great information curated just for you.
Contact your installation Army Community Service (ACS) Family Advocacy Program for more information. You can also call Military OneSource for more information and referrals (CONUS: +1 (800)342-9647; OCONUS: 00-800-3429-6477; To call collect with operator assistance OCONUS: +1 (484)530-5908.
Request a Home Visit - Children up to age three (36 months) are eligible for New Parent Support Program services. Contact us for more information and to schedule a home visit.
- Classes & Happenings
- What if I already have children?
You don’t have to be a new parent to participate in the program! Military Families that are pregnant or with children up to age three (36 months) are eligible for NPSP services. Family Advocacy offers classes to parents with children of all ages. If you already have children, and you would require childcare for your other kids in order to attend one of these classes, contact us. We offer free childcare vouchers for CYS Child Development Centers (CDC)! Sign up two weeks prior to the class.
- What can NPSP do for me?
- 1-Hour Home Visits: Our professional staff provides supportive and caring services to military families that are pregnant or with children up to age three (36 months). They can talk about your concerns as a parent or parent-to-be, and help you learn to cope with stress, isolation, post deployment reunions, and the everyday demands of parenthood in the privacy of your home.
- Play Mornings: Available on Fort Bragg/Pope Neighborhood Centers and Linden Oaks in Cameron. An interactive playgroup to assist parents in learning developmentally appropriate play techniques and to help children improve their social, cognitive, and motor skills. Structured activities include singing and dancing, story time, a craft project, and free play time. No registration required, but must provide child(ren)’s immunization record(s).
- 0 to 1 Baby Fun Play Mornings: Babies are born ready to learn and you can help! This fun, interactive class will show you how babies think, feel, and learn, and how you can make everyday parenting moments count. For parents with a baby ages birth to 12 months. Limited childcare available for older siblings, please call for information.
- What are the signs of child abuse or neglect?
- Consider the possibility of neglect when the child:
Is frequently absent from school, begs or steals food or money, lacks needed medical or dental care, immunizations, or glasses, is consistently dirty and has severe body odor, lacks sufficient clothing for the weather, abuses alcohol or other drugs, states that there is no one at home to provide care.
- Consider the possibility of emotional maltreatment when the child:
Shows extremes in behavior, such as overly compliant or demanding behavior, extreme passivity, or aggression; is either inappropriately adult (parenting other children, for example) or inappropriately infantile (frequently rocking or head-banging, for example); is delayed in physical or emotional development; has attempted suicide; or reports a lack of attachment to the parent.
- Consider the possibility of emotional maltreatment when the parent or other adult caregiver:
Constantly blames, belittles, or berates the child, is unconcerned about the child and refuses to consider offers of help for the child’s problems, overtly rejects the child.
- Consider the possibility of sexual abuse when the child:
Has difficulty walking or sitting, suddenly refuses to change for gym or to participate in physical activities, reports nightmares or bed wetting, experiences a sudden change in appetite, demonstrates bizarre, sophisticated, or unusual sexual knowledge or behavior, becomes pregnant or contracts a venereal disease (particularly under the age of 14), runs away, reports sexual abuse by a parent or another adult caregiver, attaches very quickly to strangers or new adults in their environment
- Consider the possibility of sexual abuse when the parent or other adult caregiver:
Is unduly protective of the child or severely limits the child’s contact with other children, especially of the opposite sex, is secretive and isolated, is jealous or controlling with family members.
- Consider the possibility of neglect when the child:
- What can I do to stop child abuse in a public place and to report suspected abuse?
Reporting abuse or neglect can protect a child and get help for a family—it may even save a child’s life. In North Carolina, any person who suspects child abuse or neglect is required to report. You should note as much detail as possible about the situation, including but not limited to a description of the incident, individuals involved, ages of the children, even license plate numbers.
- On post, immediately call the Fort Bragg Military Police at +1 (910)396-0391
- Off post, call 911
For additional information, call us or Family Member Behavioral Health at +1 (910)907-7869.
- Additional Resources