Welcome Baby provides a celebratory home visit to families with newborns in Dorchester, Roslindale, West Roxbury, Hyde Park, and Allston-Brighton. Arriving with a beautiful gift bag filled with baby essentials and books for baby, siblings, and parents, Welcome Baby visitors share information about activities, resources, and services in the community. This one-time visit is also an opportunity for FNC staff to promote literacy in the home and reinforce the importance of reading and conversation in child development and school readiness.
Welcome Baby began in 1997 in Dorchester and has continued to grow and support families in three more Boston communities. Each community has trained visitors that are familiar with the local programs and resources for families. Welcome Baby visits are available in English, Spanish, Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Creole, and Vietnamese.
Make a referral online for yourself, a friend, or a family with whom you are working. For a list of items needed for Welcome Baby, please see below.
During the coronavirus outbreak we are still accepting referrals. Families will receive a phone call, and gift bags will be delivered at a future date.
The breast feeding coalition of Vital Village is launching a breast feeding warm line to call into with any questions you may have, 1-857-301-8259. Or you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trained volunteers will be answering your calls and email! Please call your medical provider, as needed.
WIC Program: Families are encouraged to call their local WICoffice: http://ow.ly/4bKE50yVhlI for a phone appointment or to make an in person appointment, if needed. The WIC 800-942-1007 number is also responded to fairly quickly.
Finding formula and WIC foods: A statewide WIC Coordinator advises families to shop early in the day for WIC food items and to ask at the service desk of the grocery store or pharmacy for formula if it is not on store shelves. She reports that stores will be restocking frequently.
To make a referral by fax: 617-474-1261.
To make a referral by phone:
Allston-Brighton: 617-474-1143 x403
Dorchester: 617-474-1143 x227
Roslindale/Hyde Park/West Roxbury: 617-474-1143 x451
Bienvenido Bebé: 617-474-1143 x252