Children with Special Needs
The First Care program was created to ensure that every newborn in Georgia, particularly those at risk of physically, developmentally, neurogically and/or socially, has access to an informed public health nurse who can assess, plan intervention and when necessary, refer in order to minimize or prevent illness or handicap in the first year of life.
Our objective is to strengthen the coordination of services between hospitals, primary care providers and public health centers by offering health maintenance for infants at home.
Through home visiting, First Care provides:
- Education - baby safety, car seat use, SIDS risk reduction, growth and development expection, and newborn care.
- Resources - link to other services as needed, assist parent/guardian to locate other sources for supplies and equipment needed.
- Support - available for questions, assists parent/guardian to find answers to questions.
- Liaison - acts as liaison for pediatrician's offices.
Local - 229-293-6286
Long Distance - 800-316-8044
State of Georgia First Care - http://health.state.ga.us/programs/specialneeds/