Approach to Strengthening Georgia Families
Healthy Families Georgia(HFG) builds a strong foundation for safe and secure relationships between caregiver and child, maximizing opportunities for all children to reach their full potential. Families enroll voluntarily in HFG as early as prenatally or at birth and work one-on-one with a Family Support Specialist in the home, receiving services tailored to their needs.
Once a family becomes interested in receiving services, HFG staff will reach out to learn more about their current needs, and also explore their strengths. At HFG, it’s all about relationships, and the first job of staff is to build a strong connection with the families being served.
After learning more about each family’s unique situation, HFG staff will recommend services for families based on their needs—from home visiting to additional community connections. Regardless of the recommendations our staff offer, HFG is always voluntary.
Should home visiting services be recommended, HFG staff will work with families long-term. Most families are offered services for a minimum of three years, and are visited weekly at the start. Services are culturally respectful, and home visitors are chosen on the basis of their ability to establish trusting relationships with participating families.
Healthy Families Targeted Outcomes
- Reduce child maltreatment
- Improve parent–child interactions and children’s social-emotional well-being
- Increase school readiness
- Promote children’s physical health and development
- Promote positive parenting
- Promote family self-sufficiency
- Increase access to primary care medical services and community services
- Decrease children’s injuries and emergency department use
The video clip is a highlight from the Healthy Families program located in Athens, Georgia, delivered by the organization Brightpaths.
By supporting parents in the home, Healthy Families America (HFA) focuses on building nurturing, safe and trusting relationships between caregiver and child to maximize opportunities for all children –and parents– to reach their full potential.
Every $1 dollar spent on HFA produces an estimated Return on Investment (ROI) of $1.43 in benefits for families and society. For some families, ROI is even higher. A seven year study on HFA found an ROI of $3.16 ($5.11 in 2022 dollars) for families involved with child welfare.
Rigorous research demonstrates HFA’s effectiveness in addition to meeting the criteria for federal funding through the Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. HFA’s most rigorous evidence comes from 35+ publications of randomized control trials, comparing the positive changes for HFA families to a randomized control group of families who did not receive HFA services. HFA shows impacts in all eight domains examined by the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) review for the MIECHV program, including: