First Steps Together

BSCS’ FIRST Steps Together program supports parents of children under 5 (regardless of where the child/ren live), and/or expecting parents who are experiencing substance use/abuse/misuse who are looking for recovery supports, parenting skills, and a supportive, accepting, and non-judgmental community of recovery.

The Family Recovery Support Specialist (FRSS) who will provide this service are people in recovery who personally understands the challenges your family is facing. These Recovery Specialists have completed the Recovery Coach Academy and have received specialized training in evidence-based parenting and recovery supports that are right for you. This program also has a clinician who is available to provide additional clinical supports if you would like.

Participation in this program is voluntary and can participate in:

  • Parenting Groups with other parents in recovery raising children
  • Connections to Resources to assist with housing, benefits, childcare, and other needs
  • Education on parenting approaches and skill development
  • Advocacy and Support from staff who are in recovery
  • Masters level Clinical Staff
  • Care Coordination with other providers, including state agencies
  • Flexible and responsive in-home or telehealth supports

Service Areas

Milton, Quincy, Randolph, Braintree, Holbrook, Weymouth, Abington, Whitman, Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Hull, Hingham, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Rockland, Hanover, Hanson, Pembroke, Marshfield, Halifax, Plympton, Kingston, Duxbury, Lakeville, Middleboro, Carver, Plymouth, Rochester, Marion, Mattapoisett, and Wareham.

Funding Source

FIRST Steps Together is funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The program is administered by the Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition.