Healthy Families - Dalton

 

Program Manager:  Caroline Pence

Program:  Healthy Families serves at-risk parents in Whitfield and Murray Counties.  As the local affiliate of Healthy Families America, the program addresses the widespread need for the long-term parent support and education necessary to ensure that all children get off to a healthy start in life.

Healthy Families - Dalton addresses the widespread need for the long-term parent support and education necessary to ensure that all children get off to a healthy start in life. Objective:  Healthy Families Dalton provides a continuum of voluntary, research-based services to all expectant parents and parents of newborns in Whitfield and Murray Counties.  Based on an assessment of family strengths and needs, each family is offered short-time telephone support services through First Steps or long-term home visitation services through Healthy Families.  Healthy Families home visitation services may be provided to families prenatally through the child’s fourth birthday

 Mission Statement:  Healthy Families seeks to prevent child abuse and neglect through the promotion of positive parenting and healthy childhood growth and development.

Program Funding:  The program currently receives funding from the Department of Human Resources, Safe and Stable Families Program, Governor’s Office of Children and Families, Mohawk Foundation, and United Way of Northwest Georgia. 

Objectives/Goals/Measures:  Program services focus on the prevention of child maltreatment by enhancing family functioning and stability, promoting positive parent-child interaction, and ensuring appropriate childhood growth and development.  Outcomes related to these goals include child, family, and community levels.
 
Child-related outcomes include but are not limited to:

Family-related outcomes include but are not limited to:

Community-related outcomes include but are not limited to:

Specific outcomes regarding families served during this period included:

2013 program service statistics reflected that:

Quality Assurance Measures:  Evaluation methods currently utilized to measure service and client-related outcomes include:

Collaboration:  As one of two local home visitation programs offering services through Great Start Georgia – Dalton, the early childhood system of care created in late 2011 via Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visitation (MIECHV) funding awarded to Whitfield County, Healthy Families operates within a formalized referral and intake framework.  This framework was established through a state-level partnership between the Governor’s Office for Children and Families and the Georgia Department of Public Health.  Locally, this partnership is maintained through on-going collaboration between the Family Support Council and with the North Georgia Health District and serves as the entry point to services for all expectant parents and families with children ages 0-5.  Together, the two entities created and manage a central intake process responsible for the solicitation and processing of referrals for all expectant parents and parents of children ages 0-5 in Whitfield and Murray Counties.   Hamilton Medical Center and the local WIC programs serve as the primary referral sources for families enrolling in evidence-based home visiting services offered through Healthy Families.  Additional MOUs have been created with community partners to create a network of community resources to which families may be linked with support for identified family needs.  Community partners include Early Head Start, Endless Opportunities, Department of Family and Children Services, Family Crisis Center, Georgia Legal Services, local churches, and many others.