Healthy Families, Parent, and Elder Programs

Building and Strengthening Family Relationships

Families come in many forms, faiths, and sizes. Our specialized parent and family programs are designed to help new and first-time parents build their parenting skills in a safe, supportive environment. In addition, our elder outreach programs help to ease some of the isolations that seniors may face, providing visitation services, companionship, and support.

Programs and Locations:

Healthy Families is a voluntary, free home-based family support and coaching program that supports first-time parents age 23 and under to help them create stable, nurturing environments for their children.

The program matches parents with trained professionals who visit families’ homes to provide support during pregnancy and the child’s first three years of life. Home visitors teach parents about proper baby care, promote nurturing and attachment, practice effective parenting skills, and ensure parents have a solid understanding of healthy child development. They also counsel parents on achieving personal goals such as going back to school or securing a job.

Visits are flexible and may be arranged at a time that is most convenient for you. Catholic Charities Boston is proud to partner with Children’s Trust and the Massachusetts Home Visiting Initiative to provide Healthy Families in the following communities:

Healthy Families Boston

Serving Boston and surrounding areas
Contact 617-506-6600 for information

Healthy Families Haverhill

Serving the Merrimack Valley area
Contact 978-521-6265 for information

Healthy Families North Shore

Serving the North Shore and Cape Ann areas
Contact 781-593-2312 for information


The Parent Aide Program is an in-home and community visitation and family support service that assists many families with children. This program consists of parent aides who teach parents to become more active, responsible, and supportive to their children’s needs.

A great mentoring relationship between the Parent Aide and the family can provide the support and structure to help end the cycle and begin to heal from any abuse and/or neglect.

Our Parent Aide families can expect to receive numerous services that will help them to solve the challenges they encounter. These services include but are not limited to:

  • Parenting Skills
  • Encouragement & Empowerment
  • Access to Community Resources
  • Counseling Referrals
  • Parent/Child Conflict Resolution
  • Ending Communication Barriers
  • Building Healthy Relationships
  • Life Management Skills

  • Home Management Skills
  • Meal Planning Tips
  • Healthy Alternatives
  • Safety & Support
  • Budgeting & Money Management
  • Education & Attendance
  • Arranging Tutoring & Resources


Please call 617-451-7984.

Companions to the Aging is the only program in Greater Lynn that provides free visitation services to the homebound to ease some of the loneliness many find themselves in as they age. Companions visit weekly and provide pastoral support to those who desire it regardless of faith.

Contact 781-593-2312 for more information.

The Elder Outreach Program provides free social support, counseling, home visits, assessments, outreach, education, and consultation to individuals living in Plymouth County and within South Boston’s BHA-funded elderly housing.

Plymouth County

Contact 508-587-0815 for more information

South Boston

Contact 617-268-9670 for more information

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