Healthy Families is an early intervention home visitation initiative designed to support families in providing a nurturing, stimulating and safe environment for their children from prenatal until the child turns six.
Based on a review of their situation, families with new babies will be offered home visitation services by trained staff in a way that meets their specific needs. The program is voluntary and provided at no charge to eligible families.
Services are initiated prenatally or at birth using a standardized tool of assessment to systematically identify families who are most in need of services. This assessment tool assesses the presence of various factors associated with increased risk for child maltreatment or other poor childhood outcomes including: social isolation, substance abuse, parental history of abuse and low socioeconomic status.
Services are offered intensively (once per week) with well-defined criteria for increasing or decreasing intensity of service over the long term. Services focus on supporting the parent(s) as well as supporting parent/child interaction and child development.
At minimum all families are linked with a Public Health Nurse to assure optimal health and development. Depending on the family’s needs, they may also be linked to additional services such as: financial, food and housing assistance programs, school readiness programs, early intervention services, child care, job training programs, family support programs, substance abuse treatment programs, and domestic violence shelters.
Unit 101, 5151 50 Avenue
Dryaton Valley, AB T7A 1J7
Ph: (780) 542-2244
Rocky Mountain House
4832 49th St
Rocky Mountain House, AB T4T 1B2
Ph: (403) 845-6306
5317 50 Avenue
Wetaskiwin, AB T9A 0S9
Ph: (780) 352-3517