Connections partners with the Delaware Department of Correction to operate New Expectations, which opened in November 2014.
The group home in Newark has 17 beds for pregnant women who are facing incarceration or house arrest for nonviolent offenses.
Substance use led the residents to justice involvement in most cases– and it threatens their health as well as the health of their unborn children.
Women can stay at New Expectations for the entirety of their pregnancies and for six months after their babies are born.
The house is supervised around the clock. The women receive prenatal care and attend intensive outpatient addiction counseling at Connections’ integrated health clinic in Newark for four hours each weekday. They also attend parenting and life-skills classes, as well as job-search training.
Connections employees assist the women in finding housing as they are nearing the end of their stays at New Expectations.
The program prevents the mother and the baby from being separated immediately after the child’s birth.
Such a separation is bad for the women’s chance of recovery, and is harmful to the development of the child as well.