The mission of Healthy Families is to support new parents and empower them to be the best parents they can be. Healthy Families is free of charge and covers a wide range of services from child growth and development, promoting parent-child interaction, teaching problem solving skills, sharing immunizations information, and completing developmental screening to ensure your child is on track.
If you agree to voluntarily participate in Healthy Families of La Porte County, a Family Resource Specialist will visit with you in your home to home to help you become aware of the resources available to you in the community and determine if you would benefit from our on-going home visiting services.
The mission of Healthy Families of La Porte County is to support new parents and empower them to be the best parents they can be.
IN AN EFFORT TO ACCOMPLISH OUR MISSION, THE FOLLOWING GOALS ARE SUPPORTED:
- To systematically assess parents in order to identify their strengths and needs, then refer them to community resources
- To enhance family functioning by building trust, establishing support and teaching problem-solving skills
- To promote positive parent-child interaction
- To promote healthy child growth and development
Healthy Families of La Porte County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin or ancestry.
- Because parents are the most important people in a baby’s life
- Because parenting is a very demanding job and all parents have worries, questions, and lots of stress
- Because parents are the first and most important teachers a child will have
- Parenting is the toughest, yet most important and rewarding job anyone will ever have
- All parents need support and encouragement as they care for their children
- All families have strengths. Building upon those strengths allow families to make positive changes in their lives
- Preventing problems now is better than trying to fix them later. This is especially true when it comes to our children
- A qualified individual who is trained to help you with questions and problems you may have
- As an individual experienced with children, they understand the questions and the stress that accompany parenting
- They can offer additional information and support on daily stresses and life circumstances that may affect you
Your Family Support Specialist may visit and offer support to your family until your child turns five.
- Encouraging normal development in your baby
- Recognizing your baby’s needs
- Caring for your baby’s needs and still managing to take care of your own
- What to expect as your baby grows
- Making your home “baby safe”
- Ways to continue your education
- Budgeting and finances
- Child growth and development
- Effective discipline methods for your child
- Bonding with you baby
- Community resources and services