Too many children are born into circumstances where parents are alone with no support, financially unable to provide basic necessities and too stressed to understand what their baby needs. This is where Healthy Families comes in! We are a child abuse prevention program, working hard right in your community! Trained Family Support Workers provide weekly home visits for first time, and high risk parents with children ages 0 to 3 years old. Many of the families we serve live in poverty, are single, and/or teen parents and struggle with an array of other stressors while also trying to care for their new baby. Often times the parents we see were raised in an abusive home, want to stop they cycle of abuse, but don’t know how.
Here’s what WE do:
- The relationship between you and your child is essential to your child’s development. That is why we spend a lot of time discussing the interactions and attachment between a parent and their baby. Attachment begins before birth and every day after…the way that you talk to your baby and how he or she responds to you are all indicators of the strength of your relationship. Relational health is so important and our home visitors can help provide you with information on how to build a strong foundational relationship from the beginning!
- Provide information on child development, basic infant care, ways to sooth a crying baby, who to turn to for support, connecting families with local resources, celebrating milestones and completing developmental screenings with each child.
- We build relationships with families. We get to know their individual goals and struggles, so we can provide support specific to their needs.
- When financially possible, we make it a priority to provide families with: clothes, books, diapers, formula, developmentally appropriate toys, car seats and home safety supplies.
Families who received services from Healthy Families were 2.5 times less likely to abuse or neglect their child than families who did not receive services!
It cost $26,605 a year for one child to be in foster care.