Healthy Families America®
/ THE VILLAGES
About Healthy Families Through The Villages’
Healthy Families program, support and encouragement is
provided to help new parents champion their families and
give Indiana’s babies a brighter beginning. By building
confidence, reducing stress and maximizing the joys of
becoming a new mother or father, Healthy Families helps
parents and children grow together.
Parenting is the most difficult and important job
anyone will ever have.
All parents need support and encouragement.
Parents deserve a voice in deciding what their needs
are and what services and programs will help them.
Additional information on child development,
bonding, discipline, health issues and community
resources is useful to all parents.
Babies begin learning at birth, and the first three
years are the most critical to their future development.
Parents need the most current information on how
babies grow, change and develop.
How Can Healthy Families Help? Participants in
Healthy Families receive free and voluntary home visits
beginning prenatally, or within 90 days after birth. A
family support worker (FSW) visits at least once a week for
up to one year to help establish support systems, teach
problem-solving skills and enhance positive parent-child
interaction. Once a family is in the program, they can
receive services for up to five years.
Healthy Families can also offer information, education
and referrals to community resources. Through weekly
contact, each Healthy Families’ parent will learn about:
Recognizing and caring for your baby’s needs
Discovering what to expect as your child grows
Ways to play with your baby to encourage normal
“Baby-proofing” your home
Ways to continue your education
Budgeting and financing information
How Can I Participate? To participate in the
program, families must live in the designated county, be
expecting a baby or have a newborn younger than 75 days old
and be interested in child development and related issues.