Healthy Families Illinois (HFI)
Bureau of Child and Adolescent Health
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description


New and expectant parents who are at risk of child abuse or neglect. Programs identify the unique demographics of the population they are targeting for services. populations (e.g., first-time and/or teenage parents, parents in specific geographic communities, parents with language barriers. )


Healthy Families Illinois provides information, training and support to assist parents to improve their families' functioning, thereby reducing their risk for child maltreatment.


Participants receive information, support and referrals to:

  • Improve family functioning, through:
    1. Development of improved problem-solving skills
    2. Identification and improved access to family support systems
    3. Development of self-sufficiency goals for teenage parents including completion of high school, or its equivalent, and the delay of subsequent births.
  • Promote healthy child growth and development
  • Promote positive parent/child relationship

Delivery Method

Services are provided through intensive home visits, starting with bi-weekly visits during the pregnancy and increasing to weekly visits for at least six months following the child's birth. After the initial six months of weekly home visits, frequency and d duration of the visits vary according to the needs of the family. Home visitation may continue at least quarterly through the first five years of the child's life.

Program Data

SFY 07 SFY 08 SFY 09 SFY 10
Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $9,135.41 $9,135.41 $9,135.41 $9,135.41
Number of Grantees 52 50 50 50
Number Served 4,334 4,765 4,767 4767

Program Effectiveness

  • Over 1000 parents were assessed to determine their risk for child maltreatment
  • Services were provided to nearly 3000 new at-risk parents.
  • 67% of families received at least 75% of their expected home visits
  • Of 1,289 children served in FY '10, over 98% had a primary care physician or medical home
  • Of 853 children turning 12 and 24 months:
  • 93% were fully immunized
  • Of 1099 children turning 12, 24 and 36 months
  • 96% had the expected number of well-child visits
  • 96% had been screened for developmental delay