Families with Young Children

We support healthy babies, children, and moms as well as engaged dads and other caregivers 

Family Lifeline’s programs for families with young children partners with parents to assure that their children are healthy, safe, and ready to succeed. Recognizing that parents are their children’s first and most important teachers, we utilize three best practice home visiting models:  Parents As Teachers, Healthy Families and CHIP (Children’s Health Involving Parents) to support at risk families with young children as they strive to ensure their children are prepared for school and life.

Call (804) 249-5414 today to learn more about programs for families with young children.

FAMILY LIFELINE IS THE RICHMOND REGION'S LARGEST PROVIDER OF HOME VISITATION SERVICES

CHIP

CHIP stands for Children’s Health Involving Parents because the program partners with parents to make sure children are healthy and ready to learn. Our belief is that comprehensive health care and a nurturing environment are the cornerstones of every young child’s physical and emotional development and the foundations of school readiness, effective learning, and future success. CHIP helps families become more stable and independent because it works with them in the home to develop unique solutions based on the family’s specific needs. Our team consists of a Community Health Nurse, Parent Educator, and a Clinical Social Worker. The team provides overall family well-being and health support, education, and resources to families in their homes.

  • Home Visitation — Visits are provided by Parent Educators. The content of home visits is driven by the Parents as Teachers curriculum and personalized to fit the needs of families. Home visits are offered weekly. All home visits focus on: family health & well-being, child development-centered parenting, healthy parent-child interactions
  • Community Connections — Parent Educators serve as advocates to families, making referrals to needed community resources. With assistance from partner agencies, families have access to medical and mental health specialists, secure food, shelter, and transportation, and educational, and work-force training.
  • Social Supports — Many program participants live apart from the family and friends whom they may otherwise rely on for childcare. Studies indicate, compared to other parents, those who abuse or neglect their children report greater isolation and loneliness. Family Lifeline offers education and support, while providing a safe environment to respond to questions, share parenting insights, and build informal networks. Family Lifeline provides screening and care coordination related to mental health issues. Clinical social workers are available to families enrolled in early childhood programs.
  • Health Supervision and Care Coordination — Registered nurses conduct health assessments, provide health and dental education, apply dental varnish, assess developmental milestones and screen for delays, and connect families to pediatric medical and dental homes. In addition to locating and establishing a medical home, nurses serve as liaisons between parents and physicians, dentists, and other health care providers.  Nurses also follow up with families to ensure that appointments are kept and to remind parents of upcoming well-child and immunization visits.  Nurses offer supplemental services that target specific needs such as chronic asthma case management (available to children under 18 years of age) and high-risk prenatal case management.

Services are available to low-income expecting parents and parents with children under the age of six years who live in the Central Virginia region, specifically the cities of Richmond and Petersburg, as well as portions of Henrico and Chesterfield Counties. Asthma case management by a registered nurse for children up to 18 years is available to families.

  • Increase access to comprehensive health care services
  • Improve overall health and well-being
  • Enhance family functioning and mental wellness
  • Increase family stability and independence

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Healthy Families

Validated by decades of research, this nationally recognized child abuse prevention program provides support and education to new and expecting parents so that they can raise children who are safe, healthy and ready to succeed in school and in life. Through home visitation, skill-based curricula, and connections to community resources, families learn how to parent effectively, even in times of stress. Home visits are offered weekly, decreasing in frequency as parents become confident in their skills. Services begin prenatally or just after the birth of a baby and can continue until the child reaches school age.

  • Home Visitation — Visits are provided by Parent Educators. The content of home visits is driven by the Parents as Teachers curriculum and personalized to fit the needs of families. Home visits are offered weekly. All home visits focus on: family health & well-being, child development-centered parenting, healthy parent-child interactions
  • Community Connections — Parent Educators serve as advocates to families, making referrals to needed community resources. With assistance from partner agencies, families have access to medical and mental health specialists, secure food, shelter, and transportation, and educational, and work-force training.
  • Social Supports — Many program participants live apart from the family and friends whom they may otherwise rely on for childcare. Studies indicate, compared to other parents, those who abuse or neglect their children report greater isolation and loneliness. Family Lifeline offers education and support, while providing a safe environment to respond to questions, share parenting insights, and build informal networks. Family Lifeline provides screening and care coordination related to mental health issues. Clinical social workers are available to families enrolled in early childhood programs.

Services are available to expecting parents and parents with newborns living in the Central Virginia region, specifically the City of Petersburg and the Counties of Henrico and Dinwiddie. Eligibility is based on level of need, with the goal of reaching parents who will benefit most from receiving extra support.

 

  • Improve maternal and child health
  • Promote optimal child development and school readiness
  • Strengthen positive parenting knowledge and behavior
  • Increase family stability and self-sufficiency
  • Reduce the stresses associated with child abuse and neglect

Testimonials

Parents as Teachers

Parents As Teachers (PAT) is an internationally known, research-based Early Childhood program model that provides one-on-one guidance, group connections, and a referral/resource network to parents as they prepare their child for a stronger start in school and in life.  Recognizing that parents are a child’s first teacher, each structured home visit focuses on parent-child interactions and development-centered parenting, offering the information and encouragement parents need to help their child develop optimally during the crucial years of early life.

 

  • Home Visitation — Visits are provided by Parent Educators. The content of home visits is driven by the Parents as Teachers curriculum and personalized to fit the needs of families. Home visits are offered weekly. All home visits focus on: family health & well-being, child development-centered parenting, healthy parent-child interactions
  • Community Connections — Parent Educators serve as advocates to families, making referrals to needed community resources. With assistance from partner agencies, families have access to medical and mental health specialists, secure food, shelter, and transportation, and educational, and work-force training.
  • Social Supports — Many program participants live apart from the family and friends whom they may otherwise rely on for childcare. Studies indicate, compared to other parents, those who abuse or neglect their children report greater isolation and loneliness. Family Lifeline offers education and support, while providing a safe environment to respond to questions, share parenting insights, and build informal networks. Family Lifeline provides screening and care coordination related to mental health issues. Clinical social workers are available to families enrolled in early childhood programs.

Services are available to pregnant women and families with children under the age of five years who are living in Richmond, Petersburg, and Hanover County.

  • Increased parent knowledge of childhood development and early learning activities
  • Improving positive parenting behaviors that support child’s social and emotional development
  • Provide early detection of developmental delays

Testimonials