Children First’s Healthy Families is part of a statewide program that offers home visiting services to families of expectant mothers and newborns. Services are provided at no cost to families who choose to participate.
Prenatal visits are typically scheduled bi-weekly until birth and include topics featuring prenatal development for both mom and baby and stress the need for the expectant mother to develop good health habits for a successful, healthy delivery.
New parents typically receive weekly home visits by a Family Support Worker during their infant’s first six months. As the baby gets older, visits are offered bi-weekly or monthly and can continue until the child is three years of age.
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Home visits include:
Identifying infant and child needs
Tracking growth and development
Activities for healthy parent-child interaction
Early literacy activities
Parenting ideas and techniques for various ages and stages
Referrals to needed community resources and programs
Receive safety training on relevant newborn and parenting topics
Healthy Families is introduced to new parents while they are in the hospital for the birth of their child and WIC clients are referred from area WIC sites; expectant mothers can self-refer by contacting Children First Center. Once new mothers have returned to their home, parents who have indicated an interest in the program will receive a “Welcome Baby” gift from a Healthy Families representative. Families who choose to enroll in home visiting services will then be contacted by a Family Support Worker who will establish weekly visits.