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Healthy Families Oregon

healthy families oregon…because babies don’t come with instructions.

Parenting is one of the most important and rewarding jobs a person will ever do…and one of the most challenging. Parents in Oregon are invited to receive Healthy Families “Welcome Baby” services.

Participation in Healthy Families Oregon (HFO) is a voluntary and free family support and parent education home visiting program. HFO focuses on strengthening the parent-child relationship to assure healthy child growth and development. Home visitors support parents in cultivating and strengthening a nurturing, positive relationship with their baby at each visit. Parents receive information on topics like child development, infant care and keeping their baby healthy, and learn what is going on in their communities to support new families. Many families are eligible for home visits with a trained home visitor, who coach them as they build their skills as parents and help their baby be safe, healthy and learn.

Healthy Families Oregon is an accredited multi-site state system with Healthy Families America (HFA) and Oregon’s largest child abuse prevention program. HFA was rated in 2010 as meeting the U.S. Deparment of Health and Human Services criteria for evidence-based home visiting models and shown reductions in child maltreatment and increases in children’s readiness for school. Research shows that the quality of the relationship between a parent and their child is critical for the health, well-being, and later life success of infants, thus Healthy Families empowers parents to be their child’s best teacher from the very start!

Healthy Families is Oregon’s largest child abuse prevention program. In 2011-2012, the program provided information and referral services to more than 9,000 Oregon families, and intensive home visiting to more than 3,000 of our most vulnerable families. Healthy Families has shown that it works to reduce child maltreatment and increase children’s readiness for school. More about program results can be found in the Statewide Evaluation Summary prepared by NPC Research.

A securely attached baby leads to a curious toddler, which leads to a kindergartener ready for school and beyond. For the best for your baby, call your local Healthy Families program today!

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