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2012 Catawba Valley Healthy Families Annual Report
About the Program
This intensive home-visiting Family Support Program aims to strengthen families, increase protective factors, and promote healthy childhood outcomes. It is a prevention program which identifies overburdened first-time parents with multiple stress factors and upon their enrollment, assigns them a specially trained Family Support Worker (FSW) who provides long-term support in an effort to eliminate or ameliorate stress factors that could potentially lead to child abuse or neglect. Home visits occur weekly and workers are on call to families 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Specifically, services include:
> instruction in parenting skills
> child development and safety
> coordination of a wide range of community resources
> linkage to a "medical home" and other health-care services
> support to parents to become self-sufficient
Services are voluntary and families enroll before their baby's third month of infancy. Families may continue to participate in services up to the child's fifth birthday though most families meet requirements for program graduation by the child's third birthday.
Families interested in this service should contact Dollie Adcock at firstname.lastname@example.org.