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Nurse-Family Partnership

About the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) Program

Available in Nueces County since 2012, NFP came to United Way of the Coastal Bend in September 2017 and is improving local lives in the areas of prenatal care and early childhood education. The program works through referrals from organizations like Pregnancy Center of the Coastal Bend and WIC, serving mothers who meet the following four requirements:

  • Must be a first-time mother

  • Must be at or under 28 weeks gestation

  • Must reside in Nueces County or live within 25 miles of the NFP office (4659 Everhart Road)

  • Must meet income requirements

Learn more about this essential service to first-time mothers by watching the official NFP video. Visit our NFP online application for more details on this special home visiting program. See the special bond that NFP nurses develop with NFP mothers in an interview on our YouTube channel

NFP's Effect on the Community

Since its inception, the NFP has served over 400 families in Nueces County. The nurses currently serve 102 families. Backed by 40 years of research and evidence-based methods, NFP impacts the community in the following ways:

  • 48% reduction in child abuse and neglect

  • 59% reduction in arrests among children

  • 72% fewer convictions of mothers

  • 56% reduction in emergency room visits for accidents and poisonings

  • 67% reduction in behavioral and intellectual problems among children

Mental Health Partnership

NFP partnered with Family Counseling Service to bring free short-term, at-home mental healthcare to new mothers. Read more about this essential partnership on our blog