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.
Program Goals for our Growing Well Programs are:
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
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:
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: