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ARC Maternal and Infant Program

Madison, WI 53713 • (608) 223-9033

The ARC Maternal and Infant Program is a 12-bed residential treatment facility for pregnant and postpartum women and their infants. Infants live on site with their mothers. The program fosters the mother-child bond, provides a safe, stable, and stimulating environment for infants, supports healthy pregnancy and birth, and provides substance use disorder treatment, as well as community corrections programming for women.

Specialized services for pregnant and postpartum women and their infants include:

  • A safe and nurturing environment for infants
  • Support for a healthy pregnancy and birth
  • Delivery planning
  • Dedicated Parenting Social Worker
  • Education and modeling on basic infant care, nurturing, and bonding
  • Babysitting during treatment groups

"Just having a place to go pregnant so I didn't have to have a baby in jail and was able to bond with her is so amazing. I'm truly grateful for this program."

—Former Client

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Women and Infants Served

The ARC Maternal and Infant Program serves women age 18 and older who are pregnant and have an infant, and who have a substance use disorder.

  • Dane County Department of Human Services may refer women to the ARC Maternal and Infant Program. Please contact the Dane County Department of Human Services at (608) 242-6437 regarding Dane County referrals.
  • Human services departments for counties other than Dane County may refer women to the ARC Maternal and Infant Program under a purchase of services agreement. For information, please call (608) 278-2300.
  • The Wisconsin Department of Corrections refers women to the ARC Maternal and Infant Program. Referrals are made by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Agent.

Cost

The program is free to program participants. The primary funders for the program are the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and the Dane County Human Services Department.

Background

The ARC Maternal and Infant Program was created in response to state legislation calling for a program where women offenders could give birth outside prison or jail and keep their infant with them in a safe and stimulating community setting. ARC has operated the Maternal and Infant Program continuously since it began in 1993, and serves women who are not involved in the correctional system, as well as women referred by corrections.

Licensure

The ARC Maternal and Infant Program is licensed as a community-based residential facility and certified as a residential treatment facility for substance use disorders.