Institute for Parenting

Nassau County Babies Can’t Wait

Establish a better parent-child relationship.

The Nassau County Babies Can’t Wait Program is a collaboration of the Adelphi University Institute for Parenting and the Nassau County Family Court and Department of Social Services.

The primary goal is to help parents establish or repair a more secure parent-child relationship and address the complicated mental health needs of very young children in Foster Care and their parents. We aim for expedited, successful and lasting permanency for young children (0-5 year olds).

About the Program

Young children who come to the attention of the court often grow up in families that have complicated histories including traumatic experiences such as poverty, neglect, physical/sexual abuse, parental substance abuse, parental mental illness, witnessing domestic violence and prolonged or frequent separations from their parents. We believe that parents try to do their best, and we work therapeutically with parents to support them in learning new ways to nurture the next generation. We assist parents in learning to navigate the problems that may interfere with their everyday living and influence their parenting through case management, crisis intervention, and assistance in building support systems.


This program is designed for all families with young children from birth through five years of age who are in foster care in Nassau County.

For further information, please contact:

The Institute for Parenting
Clinical Coordinator
p – 516.237.8531
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