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“LOOK AT MY SCOOTER!” Amari announces as she zips through the Petersburg apartment on a pink Razor scooter, down the hall, back and forth across the living room, circling precariously around a coffee table decorated with a tall vase of flowers...

Families With Young Children

We know that parenthood is exciting but also hard. Our Growing Well programming provides intensive home visitation services to support expecting families and families parenting young children. Home visiting is a proven family-strengthening strategy where we partner with parents to support healthy family functioning and positive parenting. Our Growing Well programming is person-centered and trauma informed. Services are also free, voluntary and available until children reach school age.

Research shows that early childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a direct impact on health, development, and lifelong learning. Our early childhood programs work to prevent adverse childhood experiences by increasing family resilience and building on protective factors. We work in partnership with families to increase overall well-being, achieve stability, and ensure that their children are healthy, safe and ready to succeed in school, work and life.

Recognizing that parents are their children’s first and most important teacher, we utilize three best practice home visiting models -- Parents As Teachers, Healthy Families and CHIP (Children’s Health Involving Parents) -- in partnering with our families. Visits are provided 2 to 4 times per month, last approximately an hour, and typically occur in a family’s home.

There are four elements of a home visit:

We offer three types of Home Care Services: Companion Care, Personal Care and Respite Care.

Parent-child Interactions

The parent engages with their child using developmentally appropriate activities with the parent educator acting as a coach.  These activities enhance parent-child attachment.​​

We offer three types of Home Care Services: Companion Care, Personal Care and Respite Care.

Development Centered

The parent provides guidance to their child based on the child's developmental stage. Connections are made between the child's stage of development and their behavior.

We offer three types of Home Care Services: Companion Care, Personal Care and Respite Care.

Family Well-Being

Family's strengths, capabilities and skills are identified.

We offer three types of Home Care Services: Companion Care, Personal Care and Respite Care.

Protective Factors

Attributes of the family that mitigate risk and promote healthy development. Resources, supports, and coping strategies that allow the parent to

parent effectively even under stress.

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=Goals for our Growing Well programs:

  • Improving maternal health and birth outcomes

  • Optimizing healthy, age appropriate child growth and development

  • Strengthening positive parenting knowledge and behavior

  • Preventing childhood injuries and cases of abuse and neglect

  • Promoting family functioning and overall well-being

  • Improving life course outcomes – two generations at a time

Our multidisciplinary Growing Well team

Growing Well Services


Family Lifeline utilizes a person-centered care approach to providing services. Our families are equal partners in planning, developing, and monitoring care to ensure it meets their needs. The services offered could include any or all of the following:

Coordination, problem-solving and follow-up activities that enable parents to better secure appropriate resources, manage household needs and responsibilities, and/or ensure consistent improvement on non-medical issues.



This is a collaborative

process with the family that links the family to services and resources in a coordinated manner.  It facilitates communication amongst the professionals providing services to the family and avoids

duplication of




Families are introduced to educational activities which promote positive parenting. This includes providing information or conducting activities that help parents to develop routines, manage their child’s behavior, enhance school readiness, and much more.


& Support

Health screenings are conducted, health concerns are identified and families are linked to a medical and dental home.  Educational activities enable parents to better understand the health care needs of their children and themselves.



Screening tools that are validated are used to assess family, child, and/or household needs and strengths.  This information informs the development of a service plan.


Families are referred to the appropriate community resources and supports based on their identified needs.

Referral &



Parents in partnership with their parent educators identity goals and work on goals to support not only their child’s learning, but their own self-development for completing school, entering the workforce, and connecting with other needed resources.

Service Planning &

Goal Setting

All early childhood staff are trained in Motivational Interviewing, an empathetic approach that considers the difficulty of making any life change. Parents are screened for depression, substance use and intimate partner violence and referrals are made as needed. 


& Health Support