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General Assembly honors program for young mothers

New Britain [October 07 2011] - The Connecticut General Assembly recently recognized The Mothers Offering Mothers Support (M.O.M.S.) Program at The Hospital of Central Connecticut for 25 years of nurturing young families in the community.

M.O.M.S. is a support group for pregnant or parenting mothers ages 21 and younger from throughout the New Britain area. The program is centered on the belief that young parents can be successful, learn, support one another and make informed decisions about their lives. It offers a fun, relaxed atmosphere that includes discussions, activities, guest speakers and field trips.

The program also offers information and tips on parenting strategies, child development, stress management and health and nutrition. M.O.M.S. groups are led by peer facilitators – women who were young mothers themselves and understand the fears and questions faced by young parents or parents-to-be. The program’s core belief is that young mothers can be successful.

In September, M.O.M.S. celebrated 25 years of helping more than a thousand young mothers and their children. Current and former participants and volunteers shared stories and celebrated accomplishments during a special brunch at the hospital.

“We’re honored to receive the Connecticut General Assembly’s citation,” said Program Manager Jennifer Hernandez. “Thanks to the many people and organizations that have supported this wonderful program over the years, we’ve been able to help young parents and their children have hope for the future and succeed.”

“The M.O.M.S. program has led the way and inspired others to follow in its path,” the General Assembly wrote in its official citation.

For information on the M.O.M.S. Program, call (860) 224-5900 x2649.

Contact: Nancy Martin, (860) 224-5900, X4366














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