Developmental Understanding & Legal Collaboration for Everyone
DULCE Family Specialists at Boston Medical Center partner with parents of newborns – with the dual goals of improving child development and reducing maltreatment. This is accomplished by providing families with support for any unmet legal needs and age-related information on child development.
Since DULCE is part of a pediatric medical home, benefits of the program are not only for the new baby and parents, but the whole family – especially siblings.
Families meet with the DULCE Family Specialist at all routine visits.
Home visits and telephone check-ins are scheduled depending on the family’s needs. At six months, the DULCE Family Specialist turns care over to the primary care team and any other ongoing services at Boston Medical Center or in the family’s neighborhood, as necessary.
- Introduces a Strengthening Families intervention model into the primary care setting through the Patient Centered Medical Home.
Adapts and combines elements of two existing programs:
Dr. Robert Sege Discusses Project DULCE at Boston Medical Center
Time: 2.22 minutes
In this brief video, Dr. Sege discusses two cases that show the benefits of Project DULCE's intervention in primary care. One case, involving survivor benefits, illustrates the power of the medical-legal collaboration. The other involving a crying baby after the mother receives bad news, demonstrates the effects of knowledge about parenting and child development.