Healthy Families

Parenting is a journey.

Healthy Families is here to help.

 

Healthy Families strengthens the bonds between parent and child and stays with families for the first years of a child’s life. The program is a partnership between three local non-profit agencies: Family Futures, Catholic Charities of West Michigan, and Arbor Circle. Family Support Workers serve both the parents and the child by providing information and encouragement on child care and development, nutrition, play and interaction, medical considerations, and much more.

 
Program Numbers That Count

Last year (2017):

The average percent of on-time immunizations is 97%

99% of active participants reported that their children have a primary health care provider

100% of parents did not have a confirmed case of child abuse/neglect

100% of parents agreed that Healthy Families helped them “build a stronger relationship with their children; made them better parents; and helped them understand how children learn and grow”

HOW DOES HEALTHY FAMILIES WORK?

Healthy Families is available at no cost to Kent County parents with a newborn under three months old.

Each family is matched with an experienced, caring family support worker who visits parents at home to support them. They understand the stress and challenges of parenthood, answer all kinds of questions, and can help parents problem solve as challenges arise. They are flexible with families’ needs and schedules in arranging weekly meetings. Healthy Families also connects parents with valuable resources for the whole family.

Healthy Families is accredited by the national Healthy Families America association, meaning our program meets the necessary standards of their evidence-based home-visiting program model.

TOP TEN BENEFITS OF HEALTHY FAMILIES 

  1. No cost in enrolling and participating in Healthy Families.
  2. A Family Support Worker comes when it’s convenient for you.
  3. Reassurance from a caring, experienced professional to ask questions and get answers from about parenting.
  4. Increase your confidence by learning about child development from credible sources.
  5. You’re in a circle of support! Healthy Families partners with childcare centers, medical resources, parent programs, preschools, and connects you with other parents.
  6. Receive great ideas on how to promote your baby’s development through play and interaction.
  7. Plan and problem solve everyday challenges in your household with your Family Support Worker.
  8. Enroll before your baby is born and get help staying healthy for you and your baby during your pregnancy.
  9. Meeting your child’s specific needs is the main focus of Healthy Families.
  10. We will stay with you for the long haul. Beginning as early as your pregnancy and staying with you until your child is three years old.

What Healthy Families Parents Are Saying

Wendy, my family support worker, has been a big help. I’m still wondering what would happen if she wasn’t my worker. I get a lot of help from her.
This program was helpful for me as a first-time mom since I had read all the books but still felt unprepared. It allowed me to ask questions of another mom and hear practical advice or feedback. It was also very convenient.
I would recommend this program to anyone – even if you think you already “know it all.” Because, once that bundle of joy arrives, everything you “think” you know goes right out the window.

Support Healthy Families

Join us in providing great support to parents in Kent County by contributing to our Healthy Families program today. Your generous support will touch lives at a time when they need it most.

Volunteer

Volunteers are integral to building brighter futures here in Kent County. To find out more about our next training opportunity, please call (616) 454-HOPE (4673) or email      volunteer@familyfutures.net

Partners

It takes an entire community to protect children and support families. Those helping us create a better future include:

  • State of Michigan
  • Michigan Department of Human Services
  • Arbor Circle Corporation
  • Catholic Charities of West Michigan

Funding

Our funding is provided in part by:

  • Kent County
  • State of Michigan
  • Private Donations
  • Michigan Department of Human Services

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