First Steps Together

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Cape Cod Children’s Place is excited to bring new programming to strengthen and support local families.

Take your FIRST Steps Together with CCCP – FIRST Steps Together program brings support services to Cape Cod Children’s Place.

Recovery Support

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s FIRST (Families In Recovery SupporT) Steps Together is a home visiting program in the Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition’s Division of Pregnancy, Infancy, and Early Childhood. Funding for this project is provided through SAMHSA’s State Opioid Response grant to Massachusetts, administered through the Bureau of Substance Addictions Services. Cape Cod Children’s Place has been selected to provide program services to families on Cape Cod and the Islands.

FIRST Steps Together is expanding our services and accepting new referrals! We can now serve both moms and dads with either current or past opioid and/or stimulant use.

Our home visiting program is able to provide flexible, community based and virtual services. We match parents and expecting parents with a family recovery support specialist who is a person in recovery with specialized training in evidence based parenting and recovery interventions . In addition, we have clinicians who are available to provide services.

What makes FIRST Steps Together unique is the blended focus on parenting and recovery. We offer:

  • Recovery and parenting groups in person or virtually
  • Referrals for physical and mental health care and substance use treatment
  • Connections to community-based services
  • Help accessing support for basic needs
  • Help with coordinating other services parents are already receiving

A parent or expecting parent may qualify if:

They are expecting a child or are a parent of at least one child 5 or under (even if they don’t live with them) AND they have used opioids and/or stimulants

For more information contact Christina Russell at Cape Cod Children’s Place: 774-722-3305 or email


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Funded by the Mass dept. of public health and SAMHSA


Early Childhood


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“It feels good to talk to someone that’s been there. I don’t feel alone and I have hope for my future”

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