Healthy Families America
Healthy Families America provides community-based home visitation services to expecting mom’s, families with babies under 2 weeks old, and families living in Merrill, Brant, Oakley and the City of Saginaw. HFA is focused on promoting child health and development and positive parent-child interaction. It is based on a set of critical program elements that are defined by more than 20 years of research and represent the field's most current knowledge on what it takes to implement a successful home visiting program.
Healthy Families America works with new and expectant parents through in their homes, building on strengths to help them become the best parents possible. Home visitors work with families to develop the skills need to create and maintain a strong and nurturing bond with their children.
This program has 3 goals: to promote positive parenting, to encourage child health and development and to prevent child abuse and neglect.
Mathematical Policy Research indicates that the HFA program
- Reduces child abuse and neglect
- Promotes positive parent practices
- Improves family health
- Enhances school readiness
- Increases self-sufficiency and
- Helps ensure healthy child development
Working with parents before a child enters their lives offers a great opportunity for increasing their confidence and lowering the stress that often accompanies the birth of a child. It also parents will have the opportunity to establish positive parenting practices before negative patterns emerge. Additionally, the most critical brain development occurs during the 3 yrs of life, providing a significant window of opportunity for parents to provide appropriate stimulation to encourage such development. Finally, most physical abuse and neglect occurs among children under the age of two and 44% of fatalities due to child maltreatment occur before the first birthday.
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