Nationally, a child is born with withdrawal symptoms every 15 minutes (Vanderbilt University, 2018). This is a marked increase from 2015 when one child was born every 25 minutes (March of Dimes, 2015). The MA Department of Public Health (2017) estimates that 21.4 per 1000 live births are children born opiate dependent. In 2015 that number was 14.5 per 1000. Southeastern, MA has the highest rate of children born dependent, with over 2x that number, at 46.2 per 1000 (2017).
To The Moon And Back provides a twice monthly support group for caregivers (foster and adoptive parents, relative and non-relative caregivers) of children born with substance exposure. The group provides a place for caregivers to connect with their peers. We regularly host speakers with experience working with children with substance exposure so caregivers can remain in the know about the latest in research and best practices for this population.
The organization provides training within the community about Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and substance exposure to increase awareness around the ongoing needs of these children.
To The Moon And Back provides advocacy and recommendations to our local and state leaders around the unmet needs of the population and gaps in services for children born with exposure and their caregivers. Legislation is being worked on by our group to ensure that children born substance exposed have all the tools needed to thrive beyond Early Intervention.
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Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
Visit us on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30pm @ the Plymouth Recovery Center. This is a support group for caregivers of children born substance dependent or exposed. For questions or to schedule FREE child care during a meeting, please email: TheresaHarmonLICSW@gmail.com
** This group is a safe place for caregivers to confide in one another. All information shared at these meetings remains confidential. Please join us as we share resources and tips around raising children born substance exposed. We often invite providers with experience working with this population!
71 Obery Street. Plymouth, MA 02360
“Finding To The Moon And Back was such a blessing. Raising two children who were born with substance exposure is a unique journey that is difficult for others to understand. Developing connections with caregivers who are facing the same challenges provides much needed comfort. And, the opportunity to explore real advocacy for our children’s needs is energizing. It gives me hope that someday our children will have better access to the services they need!” – Anonymous Caregiver
Meet Our Board
Theresa Harmon, MSW, LICSW
Founder & President
High Risk Case Manager, Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Technology Attorney & Executive, Chagnon Law
Manager, Harmon & Sons
Owner, AXH Design Co
Sales Engineer, Century Link
Jennifer Edwards, CCXP
Senior Director Customer Marketing, Commvault
Sarah Cloud, MSW, MBA, LICSW
Director of Social Work, Beth Israel Deaconess Plymouth
Consultant, Insurance Resolutions Inc
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