Healthy Families is part of a national initiative to help parents of newborns – especially those facing the greatest challenges – get their children off to a healthy start. Southwest Human Development operates the Healthy Families Program in Maricopa County.
Healthy Families works to strengthen families from pregnancy through the crucial first five years of their child’s life. Experience shows that supporting parents around the time of a baby’s birth can significantly reduce the risk factors associated with child abuse and neglect. Highly trained family support specialists visit families regularly in their own homes to provide guidance and assistance.
- To promote child health and development
- To enhance parent-child interaction
- To prevent child abuse and neglect
- Encouraging positive relationships and interactions among all family members
- Providing ongoing child development screening, monitoring and individualized intervention activities
- Connecting families with medical providers
- Promoting and supporting appropriate prenatal care
- Promoting family self-sufficiency
- Helping families learn to set and achieve family and child goals
- Linking families with needed community resources
- Pregnant women or families with newborns under 90 days of age
- No income restrictions
To learn more about our Healthy Families child abuse prevention program watch this video featured on Horizon.
For more information, please contact Healthy Families
at (602) 427-4725 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Major funding for Healthy Families Maricopa County is provided through grants from the Arizona Department of Economic Security, First Things First and other community supporters. Healthy Families is funded in part by the Bureau of Women’s and Children’s Health, as made available through the Arizona Department of Health Services through the ACA Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Grant.
First Things First (FTF) is approved by Arizona voters, and works to ensure that our youngest children have access to quality early childhood experiences so they will start school healthy and ready to succeed. Across the state, FTF regional partnership councils – in collaboration with local leaders – identify the education and health needs of children from birth through age five in their communities and fund strategies to address those needs.
Healthy Families Arizona became the first program in the nation to receive a four-year multi-site credential from Prevent Child Abuse America. This credential attests that Healthy Families Arizona meets nationally established research-based, best-practice standards for quality service delivery, management and operations.