Family Services

You’re a young parent. And even though you’ve been reminded how young you are, you know in your heart that you can be a great parent. While many of our programs at Catholic Charities differ in services or clientele, they all share one common goal: to strengthen and preserve the family. At Catholic Charities, we recognize that families are different and we embrace them through specialized programming focusedon fathers and mothers; one or two parent families and serve those of all faiths. 

Healthy Families

Healthy Families provides a free home visiting program for first-time young parents. A home visitor will get to know you and your baby and will help you build your parenting skills, answer questions you may not feel comfortable asking others and will work with you and your family to strengthen relationships. The program is voluntary and home visits can be arranged at a time that will be convenient for you. With a Healthy Families Home Visitor by your side, you can find the support and information that will help you become the parent you want to be. Catholic Charities is proud to work with Children's Trust and the Massachusetts Home Visiting Initiative to offer Healthy Families at our centers in Dorchester, Lynn and Haverhill.

  • Urban Neighborhoods Healthy Families serves the communities of Dorchester, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, South Boston and the South End. Call us at 617-506-6600
  • Health Families North Shore serves the communities of the North Shore and Cape Ann. Call us at 781-593-2312.
  • Merrimack Valley Healthy Families serves the Greater Haverhill areas. Call us at 978-521-6265.

Fathers Support Services

Catholic Charities facilitates a Fathers and Family Network which brings together agencies and individuals working on behalf of fathers and their families in Northeastern Massachusetts. Sponsored by The Massachusetts Children’s Trust, the Network provides information, training, and networking opportunities to human service agencies. Call 781-593-2312 to learn more about the program which is offered in Lynn, Peabody and Salem.

Parent Aide Program

Catholic Charities Parent Aide Program provides home visits from a parenting mentor to families involved with the Department of Children & Families. The program provides support to parents through the development of nurturing relationships geared to improve parental self-esteem and insure a safe home environment for their children. Parent Aide Program is offered on the South Shore, North Shore and Merrimack Valley. Contact us in Brockton, in Lowell and in Lynn.

Young Parent Program

The Young Parent Program provides counseling and home visits to pregnant moms and young parents. Parents gain the knowledge and skills needed to set goals for their lives, to develop self-sufficiency, and to provide a nurturing, safe environment for themselves and their children. The program is offered in Dorchester, Lynn and Lowell.