In- Home Visitation- Healthy Families of America (HFA)
(AWPLI in-home visiting service is a HFA affiliate and provisional member of the HFA network.)
The overall goals of the HFA program are to promote positive parenting, enhance child health and development and prevent child abuse and neglect. Bright Beginnings of Prince George’s County, with its focus on maternal and child health (infant mortality reduction) and wellness services has adopted the goals and values of HFA.
Healthy Families America Principal/Critical Elements:
1. Service Initiation-
Initiate services prenatally or at birth.
Use a standardized assessment tool to systematically identify families who are most in need of services.
Offer services voluntarily and use positive outreach efforts to build family trust and engage parents in program services.
2. Service Content-
Offer services to participating families over the long term (i.e., three-five years), using well-defined criteria for increasing or decreasing frequency of services.
Services should be culturally competent; materials used should reflect the diversity of the population served.
Services are comprehensive, focusing on supporting the parent as well as the parent-child relationship and child development.
All families should be linked to a medical provider; they may also be linked to additional services.
Staff members should have limited caseloads.
3. Staff Characteristics-
Service providers are selected based on personal characteristics and their ability to establish a trusting relationship.
Service providers should have a framework, based on education or experience, for handling the variety of experiences they may encounter when working with at-risk families.
Service providers should receive thorough training specific to their role to understand the essential components of family assessment and home visitation.
Service providers should receive ongoing, effective supervision.
Bright Beginnings of PGC has adopted the Healthy Families America Core Values
HFA is an evidence-based, nationally recognized home visiting program model designed to work with overburdened families who are at-risk for child abuse and neglect and other adverse childhood experiences. It is the primary home visiting model designed to work with families who may have histories of trauma, intimate partner violence, and mental health and/or substance abuse issues.
Healthy Families America Vision: All children will receive the nurturing care essential to becoming compassionate and contributing members of their communities.
Healthy Families America mission: Prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children through intensive home visiting.
Healthy Families America Program Goals are:
- Systematically reach out to parents to offer resources and support
- Cultivate the growth of nurturing, responsive, parent-child relationships
- Promote healthy childhood growth and development
- Build the foundations for strong family functioning
Funding through Maryland Health Resource Commission, Prince George’s County Child and Family Services and Prince George’s County Partnership Fund.