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Every child is entitled to the best possible start. Scientific studies show, in fact, how the first thousand days of life have an impact on the emotional, cognitive, social and learning capacity of the new born. What happens in this very short period of time affects a person's entire life; for this reason, supporting the most fragile and vulnerable families and those who are also facing the great change linked to the birth of a child is really important. This project in favor of families is dedicated not only to newborns, but also to parents, the entire family and the network of relationships that surround them.

The objectives of "With the families" project

The main objective of this project is to stay with families, accompany them and create relationships and new opportunities for the boys and girls. Active since February 2019, the "With the families" project has already made it possible to follow 35 local families with a son or daughter under the age of 12 months through weekly home visits by our educators. So far, we have been following 32 boys and girls. In one case, we took care of twins and in two cases, after the end of the process the families returned to the project for a new birth.

For each family, the home visiting is supported and integrated with the activities and services already present in the area (pregnancy control, birth accompaniment courses, basic pediatric assistance, early childhood education services). Our educators are therefore supportive to families in the parent-child relationship from its earliest stages and also have the important task of connecting the family unit to the social fabric and network of services in the area. Parents and educators in the socio-educational project “With the families” collaborate together in a constructive way, to guarantee the best possible start to the boys and girls.

Entering the world of families means reaching parents who would rarely ask for help and offering them the tools to become independent and autonomous, with a solid and widespread network of relationships. This allows everyone to feel good and know who to turn to in case of need.

Help for families according to Brazelton's Touchpoints method

The method of intervention that the team follows to help families in difficulty has an important scientific value and was theorized by Professor Berry Brazelton, an important American pediatrician. It is called the Touchpoints method and aims to create stable and functional relationships and growth opportunities around the child in the various stages of his/her development.

Despite the passing of Professor Brazelton, his studies and methodologies continue to be deepened, promoted and applied by the Brazelton Touchpoints Center of Harvard University in Boston. All over the world various centers have been set up that deal with the dissemination of this revolutionary working model. In Italy the Touchpoints Training Center is in Rome. 

All the members of the project’s multidisciplinary team were trained in this method. Until the end of 2023 it was the Center’s professionals who accompanied the project team in the important work of supporting families with periodic supervision carried out by Dr. Luca Migliaccio.

Since January 2024, supervision has been entrusted to Dr. Gianni Di Cesare, psychologist, and psychotherapist. These are periodic meeting with an external professional where we talk about the families we meet and how we can make our intervention increasingly effective.

The birth and development of the project, the partners involved and the territory

"With the families" is a socio-educational project proposed and conceived by Dr. Marta Franci, psychologist and family therapist, and by Dr. Mariolina Frigeri, pediatrician, both members of the Scientific Committee of the Valter Baldaccini Foundation.

The Healt district USL Umbria 2 was involved from the beginning in its formation and thus began the important collaboration with the Subasio Foligno consultancy, fundamental for the identification and reporting of the most fragile and distressed families and also for monitoring their situations. The team includes: the social worker Dr. Francesca Montagnoli and the midwives Dr. Sara Sforna and Dr. Maria Josè Quezada.

The operational partner of the project is the Comunità La Tenda, a social cooperative from Foligno that has been dealing with addiction, minors, young people, work and social integration for forty years. Dr. Annachiara Papa, pedagogist, educator and coordinator of the cooperative, and Dr. Lucia Cecconi, psychologist, are the professionals who go to the families' homes every week for home visiting.

 

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07 December 2022

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21 June 2022

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12 October 2021

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10 August 2021

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20 May 2021

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02 March 2021

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24 February 2021

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17 February 2021

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21 December 2020

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14 December 2020

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04 November 2020

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08 June 2020

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29 April 2020

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03 April 2020

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16 March 2020

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06 February 2020

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09 January 2020

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03 December 2019

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22 November 2019

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12 November 2019

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06 November 2019

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26 September 2019

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20 May 2019

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21 March 2019

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14 March 2019

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