What is the purpose of this service?
Healthy Families Illinois (HFI) which follows the research-based Healthy Families America program model, is a voluntary home visiting program that helps new and expectant parents strengthen their families' functioning and reduce their risk for child abuse and/or neglect. The program is a prevention program that works to improve the safety of children while providing support to the family.
The Healthy Families program model was recently identified as an effective program by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
The Healthy Families program model has also been recognized as a proven program by the Rand Corporation's Promising Practices Network on children, families, and communities.
Who can receive these services?
If you are expecting a baby or are a new parent you may be eligible.
What services are offered?
Home visitors help new moms and dads be better parents by teaching them:
- How babies grow and develop
- How to keep babies safe and healthy
- Good parenting skills
Parents also get help in setting and reaching goals for completing school and/or getting a job.
How to apply?
Services are provided in communities throughout the state.
Contact a Healthy Families Illinois Provider if you would like to apply.
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