What is Healthy Families?
Healthy Families is a program of the Family Resource Center, designed to assist families and their newborn babies. Healthy Families home visiting services are always voluntary. Its purpose is to provide guidance and support to parents to get babies off to the best start. Since babies don’t come with their own set of instructions, taking care of them, especially newborns, can be confusing and stressful. Home Visiting is geared toward helping relieve some of this stress and to help cope with other situations at the same time.
How Does Healthy Families Work?
Complete and Sign the Screen and Referral Form. The Family Resource Specialist will connect with you to chat more about our services. Once enrolled, the Family Support Specialist will provide emotional support, share information about your baby’s care and development, and help link you to community resources as needed. Healthy Families is committed to supporting families as long as they feel a need for the program. Our ultimate goal is to ensure the best possible start for your new baby.
How Much Does it Cost?
All Healthy Families services are free. Your Family Support Specialist will also share free parent education materials and will help you make toys for your baby. Healthy Families can also provide a Back in Play and other basic supplies for your baby at the time of enrollment. In addition to the home visits, Healthy Families offers fun group activities for the whole family.
Dawn is the Program Manager and Supervisor and has been working for the home visiting program since 2014. She has over 20 years of experience working with families as a social worker. Dawn received her Infant, Family, and Early Childhood Capstone Certificate in 2015. What Dawn enjoys most about the home visiting program is joining in the joy and celebrations of parenthood as well as supporting families through the struggles of parenting.
Becca has been Family Support Specialist/Family Resource Specialist since 2018, and she loves it. Becca is certified in Infant Massage and endorsed as an Infant Family Associate through WI-AIMH. What she enjoys most about her job is the opportunity to work closely with families and doing fun activities that aid in child development. Becca has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, and a Minor in Psychology, along with multiple trainings on child development. In her free time, she enjoys riding motorcycle, gardening, fishing, hanging out with friends, and spending time with her husband, and daughter.
Dawn is the newest Family Resource Specialist, however she has been working with children and families for more than 20 years. Dawn has a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and is excited to be partnering with families as their children grow and develop. She enjoys experiencing new places, growing veggies in the summer, and spending time with her grandson.