Building Healthy Families
The Villages Healthy Families program helps new parents champion their families and gives Indiana’s babies a brighter beginning. By building confidence, reducing stress, and maximizing the joys of becoming a new mother or father, Healthy Families helps parents and children grow together.
Why Healthy Families?
Parenting is the most difficult and important job anyone can have. All parents need support and encouragement. By connecting parents with the most current information on how babies grow, change, and develop, we can help ensure they start on the right foot.
How Can Healthy Families Help?
Participants in Healthy Families receive regular visits beginning prenatally, or within 90 days after the birth of a baby. A family support worker (FSW) visits the family in their home to help establish support systems, teach problem-solving skills, and enhance positive parent-child interaction. Participants can receive services until their child is 5 years old. Participation is voluntary and provided at no charge.
Each Healthy Families participant receives education and information on…
- Recognizing and caring for the baby’s needs
- Discovering what to expect as the child grows
- Ways to play with the baby to encourage normal development
- “Baby-proofing” the home
- Community services, including referrals to community resources
- Problem-solving strategies
- Ways to continue or further education
- Budgeting and financing information
- Employment options
- Transportation options
How Can I Participate?
To participate in the program you must be expecting a baby or have a newborn younger than 75 days old and be interested in child development and related issues.
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