Pregnant? Recently have a baby? Experiencing perinatal loss?
The following resources may be helpful for you:
NURSE FAMILY PARTNERSHIP
In this program, pregnant individuals get regular home visits from a nurse during pregnancy and through their child's second birthday. Visits are focused on health, preparing for birth, parenting, and social support. First-time parents qualify based on income.
PRENATAL PLUS PROGRAM
This program also offers home or office visits by nurses during and after pregnancy. Any pregnant individual who is Medicaid-eligible can enroll (not only first-time mothers). Even if you do not yet have Medicaid, reach out and they can help you enroll in both Medicaid and Prenatal Plus.
EARLY HEAD START
Did you know you can apply for Early Head Start while pregnant? Early Head Start provides home visits, early childhood education, and parent groups until your child is 2 years old, after which he/she may be eligible for Head Start.
POSTPARTUM SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL
Are you struggling emotionally during or after pregnancy? You are not alone, and support is available. PSI offers resources to parents struggling when pregnant or after having a baby. They have online support groups, peer mentors, and a hotline in English and Spanish.
Call or text the National Maternal Health Hotline, available 24/7 and free to all: 1-833-943-5746
3 HOPEFUL HEARTS
If you have experienced the loss of a child, born or unborn, 3 Hopeful Hearts can help you through your grief. They offer individual services, support groups, and events.
A FRIEND 4U
This program connects you with a mentor who offers friendship, unconditional support, and help with resources throughour your pregnancy and beyond. Only requirement is that you must be pregnant.
Need supplies? Stork Support collects new and gently used items for families of infants. Reach out to request support or find them at community events (listed on their website).
Caring for an infant or young child? Concerned about your child's development? Looking for fun things to do?
The following resources may be helpful:
COLORADO EARLY CHILDHOOD WARM LINE
This support line is a no-cost, confidential service that is available statewide. Parents and caregivers, including early childhood professionals, can call 833.326.4411 (833 ECMH 411) Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to speak with an early childhood mental health consultant. Consultants can help families and caregivers to better understand and support the emotional well-being of young children in their care by discussing needs, brainstorming appropriate support resources, and connecting parents and caregivers to local community resources.
CHILD FIND & EARLY INTERVENTION
If you are worried that your child is not meeting developmental milestones, a Child Find evaluation can identify any delays. Early Intervention (ages 0-3) provides home-based services to address delays, or the school district offers support (ages 3-5). Their goal is to get your child back on track. All support is free.
Looking for ways to help your child learn? This local website has free educational resources to use with your young child, as well as tips about development. This program also offers "Be Ready Navigators," who meet directly with families to support child development (ages 0-8).
FORT COLLINS MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY
Located at Mason & Cherry, the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery offers a variety of interactive exhibits that are fun for the whole family. Many activities are targeted to young children. Day passes or membership are available. Passes can be checked out at the library.
Museum is open Wednesday-Sunday from 10am-5pm.
Dolly Parton's imagination library is an early literacy program available to children, aged zero to five. Each child will receive a free, age-appropriate book monthly. Families can enroll for no cost at anytime before their child turns 5.
CHILD CARE/EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Looking for child care? Needing financial support? The following resources can help:
FINDING THE RIGHT FIT
The Early Childhood Council of Larimer County. The ECCLC can help you find the right fit for child care. Visit their website/contact them here, or use the web portal linked below.
United Way of Larimer County. The United Way can help you navigate financial assistance for child care, as well as find the right center. Call 211 to get support.
POUDRE SCHOOL DISTRICT PROGRAMS
Early Head Start provides home visits, parent education, parent groups, and early childhood education to eligible families of children ages 0-3.
Children ages 3-5 can enroll in PSD preschool. Tuition and availability is listed on website. Children requiring special education are eligible for no-cost education, and families may be eligible for no-cost based on income. Application assistance is available.
BASIC NEEDS AND SAFETY
The following resources may help support the overall well-being and safety of you and your family:
BENEFITS & MEDICAL CARE
Larimer County offers low-cost or Medicaid-funded medical care, as well as a centralized hub for connecting to a variety of benefits (such as food stamps, Medicaid, child care assistance, etc.). Click here for medical care and here for benefits.
If you need support finding health insurance, click here to set up a free appointment with the Health District, where staff can help you identify and apply for the right insurance.
WOMEN, INFANTS, AND CHILDREN (WIC)
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides nutrition support, including food, formula, breastfeeding help, and nutrition education. Parents with children under age 5 are eligible based on income.
FEELING UNSAFE? CONTACT CROSSROADS
If you are feeling unsafe in your home and/or your relationship, Crossroads Safehouse can offer support. They provide emergency housing, crisis intervention, advocacy, and legal support. Call toll-free 1-888-541-SAFE (7233) to learn more or get support.
*Be mindful that internet use can be monitored.
COUNSELING & FAMILY SUPPORT
You, your child, or anyone else in your family may be feeling down, experiencing excessive worry and tension, struggling to cope with stressful events, or suffering in another way emotionally or socially. Mental health support may be the right fit. Here are some local providers/resources:
NOT SURE WHO TO CALL?
If you are not sure who to contact, and you are searching for services for pregnancy/postpartum or a child 0-6, make a referral to us here, and we help connect you to the right provider.
Search for providers online at Psychology Today or HealthInfoSource.
You can also reach out to CAYAC or Connections to get help finding the right provider for you/your family.
At Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Connections (CAYAC), staff will help connect children (5+), adolescents, and young adults to a provider. They also offer temporary mental health support, including medication management. Click here or call 970-221-3308.
If you or somebody you know needs crisis support, use the following resources:
To get support via phone 24/7, call 1 (844) 493-TALK (8255)
or text TALK to 38255.
SummitStone Crisis Center provides walk-in crisis support at 1217 Riverside Ave (open daily 8am-midnight).
They also provide mobile crisis response, where a clinician comes to the person in need. Available 24/7/365 - call 970-494-4200x4.
If police are needed to maintain safety, call 911. If available, mental health counselors will join to support the police.
If medical support is needed, the person does not know you have called, or if there are safety concerns, call the mental health first responders line to come to you: 970-419-FCPD (3273). They are available in daytime hours in Fort Collins only and can offer medical stabilization, assessment, and ongoing support.
At The Willow Collective, we offer mental health assessments for children ages 0-5. We accept Medicaid and private pay. Complete our referral form here if you are interested.
Colorado Center for Assessment and Counseling provides mental health and substance use assessments for a wide range of ages, as well as some counseling services. Most major insurances are accepted, including Medicaid. Call 970-889-8204 or click here.
SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN
If you are looking for counseling support for your child and/or family, the following resources can help:
Here at The Willow Collective, our providers serve ages 0-6, including pregnancy and postpartum. If needed, we can also help connect you elsewhere. Refer here.
KidStuff Counseling offers expressive therapy services, especially for children and families. There are many locations in Colorado, and they accept Medicaid and several other major insurances companies. To reach out or make a referral, call 970-775-7061 or click here.
Parent-Child Interaction Center specializes in early childhood and parent-child relationships. Most major insurances are accepted (depending on the specific provider), and a sliding fee scale is available. To reach out or make a referral, call 970-472-1207 ext. 1000 or click here.
SUPPORT FOR ALL AGES
LifeStance Health (previously Heart Centered Counseling) offers mental health support across the lifespan, including individual, family, couple, and group therapy. They accept most major insurances, including Medicaid. To reach out or make a referral, call 970-310-3406 or click here.
SummitStone Health Partners offer mental health care across the lifespan, including ongoing therapy, same-day access, crisis support, group therapy, vocational support, and medication management. To reach out or make a referral, call 970-494-4200 or click here.
LGBTQ+ MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Queer Asterisk is an organization offering counseling services, groups, and educational trainings that center queer and trans experiences. They accept Medicaid, Medicare, and other insurances, and sliding fee/scholarships are available.
The Rainbow Circles also offers individual therapy for adults and children, family support, groups, and other affirming services for LGBTQ+ individuals.