Office of Family Health
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description


Families with newborns who are at risk of child abuse or neglect. Some programs may target more specific populations (e.g., first-time teen parents).


Healthy Families Illinois seeks to prevent child abuse and neglect and to promote healthy development by helping to build strong parent-child relationships.


Participants receive information 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, commencing bi-weekly during the pregnancy or weekly for at least six months following the child's birth, after which frequency and 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

Healthy Families Illinois Program Data
Performance indicators SFY03 SFY04 SFY05 SFY06 SFY07
Grant Amount (Numbers in 000's) $13,519.9* $13,519.9* $13,519.9* $13,519.9* $13,519.9*
Number of Grantees 52 52 52 52 52
Number Served 3,645 3,850 4,644 4,816 -

* Corrected to include DHS funds provided to the Ounce of Prevention Fund to administer HFI programs in twelve agencies.

Program Effectiveness

SFY '06

Of over 913 children under age 3 served in the Healthy Families Illinois program 95% had received the all of the appropriate immunizations and 96% had receive the appropriate number of well-child visits.