Overview:Validated by decades of research, this nationally recognized program provides in-home support and education to new and expecting parents. Our program goals include:
•Strengthening positive parenting knowledge and behavior •Improving maternal and child health •Promoting optimal child development and school readiness•Reducing the stressors associated with child abuse and neglect What we do… We believe that all parents want to provide the best, the healthiest, and the brightest future for their children and community. Caring assessment workers and home visitors provide valuable information and guidance to help parents be the best parents they can be. Our services include… •Comprehensive needs assessment and referrals •Intensive in-home visitation and one-on-one support •Access to parent education classes and infant-toddler play groups •Connections to needed community resources and services
All of our services are free, voluntary, and offered until participating children reach school age. Who can participate… Our assessment and referral services are available to all new parents and parents-to-be living in Henrico County, North Richmond, and Petersburg. Eligibility for our intensive home visitation services is based on assessment results and level of need. Priority is given to overburdened parents with significant life stressors.
Primary Population Served
Examples of our program success in FY11 include: •100% of mom avoided closely-spaced subsequent pregnancies •100% of children were connected to a primary care provider •95% of parents gained positive parenting knowledge and skills•96% of parents learned to create safe, supportive family environments