Follow your heart.
Saying that, I would clearly not jeopardize my license or job for the sake of maintaining a relationship with a former patient, so if you feel that continuing the relationship would some how be non beneficial down the road, Don't do it! "Most" NICU families have pure intentions in wanting to stay in contact. From my experience, I think its a great relationship to maintain- if its done correctly, with the right families, under the right conditions. It has always been permissible for me in the units I've worked to remain contact after discharge and I have for many over the years. I NEVER GIVE out health advice/opinions at ((ANY)) time. You must ESTABLISH BOUNDARIES from the beginning, which should always include that either of you can stop the interaction at anytime, for any reason. Another thought, maybe not use social media and use a private email dedicated for this purpose? Limit the information you share of yourself; if meeting, always in a public setting. I've never had a negative experience with doing this, but you will know that families that you can do this with and those you cannot. Follow your heart. Good luck to you.