Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Family & Community 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. Population: 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:

  1. Improve family functioning, through:
    1. development of improved problem-solving skills,
    2. identification and improved access to family support systems, and
    3. development of self-sufficiency goals for teenage parents including completion of high school, or its equivalent, and the delay of subsequent births.
  2. Promote healthy child growth and development.
  3. 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 duration of the visits vary according to the needs of the family. Home visitation may continue at least quarterly through the first five year of the child's life.

Program Data

Program Data SFY09 SFY10 SFY11
Program Expenditures (Numbers in 000's) $9135.4 $9135.4 $9135.4
Number of Grantees 50 50 50
Number Served 4767 4767 3940

Program Accomplishments

  • Over 1,000 parents were assessed to determine their risk for child maltreatment.
  • Services were provided to nearly 2,260 new at-risk parents.
  • 10% of families received at least 75% of their expected home visits.
  • Of 1,336 children served in FY10; over 98% had a primary care physician or medical home.
  • Children turning 12 and 24 months; 92% were fully immunized.