Home Visitation Programs for Mothers and Children
Healthy Families Program
The Healthy Families Program is an intensive home visitation program administered by specially trained lay staff. These family support workers help at risk, first time mothers in the surrounding communities of Asbury Park, Long Branch, Perth Amboy, and Newark, NJ.
Working closely with community health nurses, experienced family support workers visit expectant mothers during their last trimester of pregnancy or within 2 weeks of the expected birth date and offer parenting and community resource assistance. We help mothers learn about the importance of prenatal and postpartum care and provide strong family support. Assistance centers on parental education, nutritional counseling, parenting skills, as well as resource guidance for critical needs, including housing and transportation.
Nurse Family Partnership (NFP)
Through a partnership with the United Way of Central Jersey, the VNA Health Group Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) program became the second NFP site in New Jersey. It has since become a signature program for success in helping first time mothers living in Middlesex and Monmouth Counties including Franklin Township.
The Nurse Family Partnership program has had a positive impact on children and mothers and reports:
- 48% reduction in child abuse and neglect
- 59% reduction in arrests
- 90% reduction in adjudications as PINS (person in need of supervision) for incorrigible behavior
How we help
Trained NFP nursing professionals with an extensive background in maternal child health provide weekly or biweekly visits with the goal of: improving pregnancy outcomes; improving child health and development; and improving the economic self-sufficiency of the mother and family.
Services can include parent education, healthcare, child protection, education, criminal justice, mental health, welfare and public assistance and taxes.
Who we help
First-time moms are enrolled between the 16th week and 28th week of gestation, prior to the child's birth. The families are followed through the child's second birthday.
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