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Healthy Families America

Healthy Families America (HFA) is a nationally recognized, evidence-based home visiting model designed to work with overburdened families who are at-risk for adverse childhood experiences, including child maltreatment. Launched in 1992, HFA was developed as a direct response to the US Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect report, issued in 1991, calling for immediate and urgent attention directed at the “national emergency” of child abuse in the United States. A second report concentrated its recommendations on the federal government’s role and strongly emphasized the importance of making prevention a key strategy by implementing voluntary neonatal home visitation programs. Since 1992, HFA sites have served hundreds of thousands of families, and on average sites serve more than 75,000 families annually in 40 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and Canada.

In February 2011, the United States Department of Health and Human Services named HFA as a proven home visiting model after a thorough and transparent review of the home visiting research literature that looked at more than 250 home visiting models. The HFA model’s effectiveness was based fifty (50) studies illustrating its effectiveness in eight (8) areas: Child Development and School Readiness; Child Health; Family Economic Self-Sufficiency; Linkages and Referrals; Maternal Health; Positive Parenting Practices; Reductions in Child Maltreatment; and, Reductions in Juvenile Delinquency, Family Violence, and Crime. HFA is a home visiting model equipped to work with parents who may have histories of trauma, and who may experience intimate partner violence, mental health and/or substance abuse issues. The HFA model is theoretically rooted in the belief that early, nurturing relationships are the foundation for life-long, healthy development. Well trained home visitors provide services in family’s homes providing them an opportunity to experience the family’s living environment, to develop first-hand knowledge of the strengths and stressors of the home environment, to implement home safety assessments with the family, and to engage the family on “their turf”. Services are initiated prenatally or right after the birth of a baby and are offered voluntarily, intensively and over the long-term, for a minimum of 3 years after the birth of the baby and in many cases up to the child’s fifth birthday.

The HFA National Office is responsible for ensuring the model is implemented with quality and fidelity by making certain sites and staff is equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement the model and to help mitigate the impact of serious stressors in the lives of families being served. For more than twenty years, the HFA national office has focused on both expanding and sustaining HFA by assisting states in building their own infrastructures for advocacy, funding, training, quality assurance and evaluation. Furthermore, the HFA model is built upon a set of 12 research-based critical elements that provide a benchmark in which quality is measured, and requires its sites to successfully complete a comprehensive and rigorous accreditation process linked to best practice standards. All of these services ensure HFA families receive quality services with proven results.

HFA programs currently serve an estimated 75,000 families annually. Forty five percent of families are Caucasian, 27% Latino, and 22% African American. Families of Native American, Asian/Pacific Islander, and other origins make up 6% of participants. The majority of sites (75%) now serve families with more than one child, versus focusing solely on first-time parents like many other models do. These families tend to be single (69%), low income (72%) and 29 or younger (81%) with 63% under the age of 25.

HFA Vision:
All children receive nurturing care from their family essential to leading a healthy and productive life.

Mission:
To promote child well-being and prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children through home visiting services.

Core Values:
Valuing Children
Strengthening Families
Engaging Communities

HFA Program Goals:

  • Build and sustain community partnerships to systematically engage overburdened families in home visiting services prenatally or at birth.
  • Cultivate and strengthen nurturing parent-child relationships.
  • Promote healthy childhood growth and development.
  • Enhance family functioning by reducing risk and building protective factors.



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A Celebration of Congress and a Push for More

 

A Celebration of Congress and a Push for More

Yesterday the U.S. Congress stepped up in a big way to pass legislation that can make a real difference in the lives of children and families and help promote great childhoods for children.

When the U.S. Senate passed a major piece of reform legislation known as the “doc fix,” they included language that would reauthorize funding for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) for two years at a level of $800 million. These funds programs like Healthy Families America that are proven to improve parent-child attachment and family self-sufficiency, and reduce incidences of child abuse and neglect. 

Congress could have easily ignored MIECHV and chosen to spend the money elsewhere. Instead, they prioritized children and the future of our country to fund a program that helps create equal opportunities for all children and families to succeed. 

While it may be coincidence that this happened in April which is Child Abuse Prevention month, it serves as a reminder of the importance of taking action today to make for a better  tomorrow, and that all of us play a role in the healthy development of our nation’s children.

“I applaud members of Congress for their tremendous work in passing this bill and securing funding for children,” said Jim Hmurovich, President & CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America. “They have set a true example for the rest of us to follow, not only during Child Abuse Prevention Month, but for the rest of the year as well.”

The legislators who voted yes played a major role in the passing of this legislation, but so did all of the people who called their federal elected officials. As these engaged advocates have shown, it can take only a few minutes out of the day to do something that has a real impact  on all of our the futures. 

While advocating for legislation that impacts families in communities across the nation is a tremendous accomplishment, there are small everyday actions that we can all engage that have an impact as well:

A coach who volunteers her time at an after-school program so that parents have a safe place for their kids to go to after school while the parents are still working is playing a role.

A man who offers to babysit for a single parent so that the parent can have a night to relax and de-stress is playing a role.

A group of neighborhood friends who organize a block party so that families in the neighborhood can get to know each other and reduce the risk of isolation are playing a role.

There are many different ways that each of us can make a difference in the lives of children and families. To learn more about other everyday actions you can take, visit Connect the Dots.

“At Healthy Families America, our goal is to help families reach their fullest potential for all children to have a great childhood, and MIECHV is a critical component to the spread and success of our program,” said Cyd Wessel, National Director of Healthy Families America. “Funding from this program will go towards thousands of families across the country who would not have access to these services without it, and we are grateful to members of Congress for their support the work of MIECHV.”

We are grateful to the U.S. Congress for being an example of this during a month that has been used to recognize prevention as a solution since 1983.  Now it’s our turn, for each of us to ensure that Congress’ example does not go unnoticed. We all have a role to play to connect the good works that are going on throughout the country. What will your dot be? 

Good Morning America's Ginger Zee Teams With Prevent Child Abuse America to Mark April as Child Abuse Prevention Month

 

 'Good Morning America's' Ginger Zee teams with Prevent Child Abuse America to mark April as Child Abuse Prevention Month

Ginger to be joined by hundreds of volunteers in Times Square on April 7th to create massive pinwheels display to promote great childhoods for all children

NEW YORK, NY, APRIL 6, 2015 – “Good Morning America’s” Ginger Zee is teaming up with Prevent Child Abuse America on Tuesday, April 7, at New York City’s iconic Times Square to call the city, state and nation to act in support of providing great childhoods for all children. Hundreds of volunteers will join Zee and Prevent Child Abuse America at 9:00am EDT on Broadway between 42nd and 43rd to display thousands of pinwheels – the national child abuse prevention symbol – to mark Child Abuse Prevention Month.

“I can think of nothing more important than helping children get off to good starts early in life,” said Zee. “That’s why I’m proud to join Prevent Child Abuse America today. I am pledging my support to emphasize the importance of great childhoods for all children, and I am calling on all New Yorkers, and people across the country, to do the same!”

The New York “Big Pinwheel Garden” will be the second major event in a month-long series of activities for Prevent Child Abuse America and its 50 state chapters nationwide promoting child abuse prevention. Prevent Child Abuse America kicked-off the month with a Big Pinwheel Garden in the organization’s home city of Chicago on April 1st, and Tuesday’s event in New York represents the third consecutive year the organization is turning the “Big Apple” into the “Big Pinwheel” for child abuse prevention.  Hosting the event again will be Cristina Cuomo of Manhattan magazine. 

To support the campaign, the public can:

- Help a neighbor or family in need by doing one of the suggested actions on our Take Action page

- Make a difference locally by volunteering for the Prevent Child Abuse America chapter in your state; find your chapter at here.

- Donate at www.preventchildabuse.org/pinwheels2015

“As we continue our work to make an impact on the lives of children and families, we hope that others grow to recognize and celebrate the pinwheel in the same way that we do today,” said Jim Hmurovich, President and & CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America. “At the same time, it is important to remember, while the pinwheel symbolizes the great childhoods we want for all children, it cannot move by itself.  We need people to be the force that moves the pinwheel to bring about real change for children in the United States.”

The New York Big Pinwheel Garden is also generously being supported by the Kappa Delta and Sigma Delta Tau Sororities, Chartwells and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

 

Great Childhoods. Great Logo.

 

We're proud to unveil our new logo bearing the pinwheel!


As we kick-off Child Abuse Prevention Month today, we are proud to unveil our new logo and that of our 50 state chapters featuring the pinwheel!  

Since the launch of the Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign in April 2008, when the pinwheel was first introduced as the national child abuse prevention symbol, it has come to stand for the great childhoods all children deserve because our children are our future.  

And yet as much as the pinwheel moves us, it cannot move on its own. Be the force that moves the pinwheel and help bring about real change for children this April by:

- Volunteering at your local chapter,

- Creating a fundraising page for the Day of Giving on April 7,

- Planting your own Pinwheel Garden, or

- Giving today to support great childhoods for all children

Join us this April and you can help make Child Abuse Prevention Month a great success!

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