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Healthy Families New York

HFNY: Supporting Families Right From the Start — ( HFNY: Supporting Families Right From the Start En Español )

Why HFNY is a Good Call: A Video for Referral Sources, Expecting and New Families — ( Why HFNY is a Good Call: A Video for Referral Sources, Expecting and New Families En Español )

Healthy Families New York (HFNY) offers home-based services to expectant families and new parents, beginning prenatally or shortly after the birth of the child. Participants are screened to identify risk factors and stressors that the family may face. Families who participate in the program are offered long-term in-home services until the child is in school or Head Start.

The Healthy Families New York Home Visiting Program is a comprehensive prevention program that focuses on the safety of children while at the same time supports families. The services are easily accessible to isolated at-risk families and are respectful of cultural and community diversity.

Healthy Families New York is an initiative of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services in collaboration with the New York State Department of Health. HFNY is affiliated with Healthy Families America, a national initiative of Prevent Child Abuse America.

The Key Elements of the Healthy Families New York Program:

  • Reaches out to isolated families.
  • Is provided by trained, caring individuals from the community. Called Family Support Workers, the home visitors are specially trained to work with families in a positive, supportive manner, building on parents’ strengths.
  • Offers weekly visits until the baby is at least six months old, then less often as the family’s stability increases.
  • Promotes optimal child health, connecting families with medical providers for prenatal and well-baby visits and immunizations.
  • Helps parents to develop strong, positive relationships with their children and to encourage their children’s optimal development.
  • Assesses children for developmental delays and makes referrals to the local Early Intervention Program if a delay is suspected.
  • Works with parents to achieve family self-sufficiency, find solutions to everyday problems and establish connections with needed community resources.
  • Is sponsored by public and private agencies located within the community being served.

For more information, download the Healthy Families brochure 604 KB

Healthy Families New York Reports


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