The Healthy Families America (HFA) model was developed in 1992 by Prevent Child Abuse America. HFA is a nationally recognized evidence-based home visiting program model designed to work with overburdened families who are at-risk for adverse childhood experiences, including child maltreatment. It is the primary home visiting model best equipped to work with families who may have histories of trauma, intimate partner violence, mental health and/or substance abuse issues. Services begin prenatally or right after the birth of a baby and are offered voluntarily, intensively and over the long-term (3 to 5 years after the birth of the baby).
Connects new parents around the state with a variety of services, including – for the most overburdened families – a free-of-charge home visitor who supports the family before the child is born until the child enters school. The program has been proven to reduce child abuse and neglect and increase children’s access to routine health care and immunizations.
Research Shows that Healthy Families is making a difference in families and in our state’s bottom line. View the following evaluation summaries and annual report for details.
HEALTHY FAMILIES VIRGINIA SITES
Healthy Families Virginia sites are regional or local organizations and agencies that use the official Healthy Families model to provide expectant and new parents with the education, community resources and tangible support they need to help their families thrive. If you are interested in starting a Healthy Families Virginia initiative in your community, please contact Johanna Schuchert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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