Building Healthy Families
Through The Villages Healthy Families program, support and encouragement is provided to help new parents champion their families and give 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?
Let’s be honest: Parenting is the most difficult and important job anyone can have. All parents need support and encouragement, and we believe that parents have the right to voice their own needs and determine what services and programs are best suited to help them.
To that end, we want to make more information available to parents on subjects like child development, bonding, discipline, health issues, and how to find community resources. 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—and grow into a healthy childhood.
How Can Healthy Families Help?
Participants in Healthy Families receive free and voluntary home visits beginning prenatally, or within 90 days after birth. A family support worker (FSW) visits at least once a week for up to one year to help establish support systems, teach problem-solving skills, and enhance positive parent-child interaction. Once a family is in the program, they can receive services until the child is 3 years old.
Healthy Families can also offer information, education, and referrals to community resources. Through weekly contact, each Healthy Families parent will learn about:
- Recognizing and caring for your baby’s needs
- Discovering what to expect as your child grows
- Ways to play with your baby to encourage normal development
- “Baby-proofing” your home
- Problem-solving strategies
- Ways to continue your education
- Community services
- 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 also be interested in child development and related issues.
Getting Started is Easy!
To get started, ask your WIC representative to send a referral, or simply tell your OB nurse you are interested in Healthy Families. You can even contact us directly! Just fill out the form below to get started.