Health and Community Services Department
HEALTHY FAMILIES AMERICA
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To promote child well-being and prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children through home visiting services.
Our Core Values:
All Children receive nurturing care for their family essential to leading a healthy and productive life.
- Valuing Children
- Strengthening Families
- Engaging Communities
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What is Healthy Families America (HFA)?
- Nationally-recognized, Evidence-based home visitation model
- Voluntary service that connects overburdened expectant parents and parents of newborns with free child development assistance in their homes.
- Extensively trained assessment workers and home visitors provide valuable guidance, information and support to help parents be the best parents they can be.
- Promotes optimal long-term mental and physical health of parents and their children.
Who does HFA Serve?
HFA serves families of all cultures and income levels. HFA offers voluntary home visitation services to parents facing multiple challenges and added stressors including (but not limited to):
- Single Parent Status
- Substance Abuse Problems
- Victims of Abuse or Domestic Violence
How do families enroll in HFA?
The Healthy Families America program has an assessment process where all families within the target population are systematically assessed by a trained staff member, either prenatally or within three (3) months of the birth of the a child. Healthy Families America program works with hospitals, clinics and other community agencies & partners who serve pregnant women and/or new parents to provide assessment services. Assessments enable staff to identify family needs and refer them to supportive services such as HFA.
What Services are provided to Families?
The staff of the HFA program:
- Ensure families have a medical provider
- Share information on children's development processes;
- Assist families in identifying their baby's needs and obtaining certain resources;
- Support families in the home while they respond to their child's and their own needs;
- Share ideas on caring for babies, toddlers, and young children;
- Link families with other resources in the community for assistance with job placement, identification of day care providers, etc.;
- Assist families in following up with recommended immunization schedules; and
- Help families feel more empowered.
Healthy Families America Brochure
Healthy Families America National Website
Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services is committed to providing equitable, culturally competent care to all individuals served, regardless of race, age, sex, color, national origin, religion, height, weight, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
Links to external sites do not constitute endorsements by Kalamazoo County.