How Does It Work?
Catawba Valley Healthy Families is a voluntary home visitation program designed to empower parents to support their child(ren)’s healthy development. By establishing a nurturing and safe home environment, parents set and achieve goals specific to the hopes and dreams they have for their family.
When families struggle to stay healthy due to a lack of support or resources, a Family Support Worker goes into the family’s home to educate and support families through Healthy Families America, an evidence-based practice model. Services are provided for an average of 3-5 years. The primary focus of the program is to promote positive parenting, parenting strategies, education about age-appropriate development, positive bonding, and attachment between parent(s) and child. Parents may also be supported with other resources in the community.
This program is offered in Burke County.
Healthy Families America (evidence-based practice model), services are provided by Family Support Specialists.
The program is designed to serve ALL parents, first-time or seasoned.
For further information, call 828-460-5698.
The service begins prenatally or within the first three months after the baby’s birth. It is a voluntary, yet intense, service intended to support parents and provide information concerning a baby under three months old.
The home visitor (Family Support Specialist) will work with the entire family, including older siblings.
Families can remain enrolled until their child’s fifth birthday, though many families complete the program in three years. This program is a FREE SERVICE that is grant-funded.
Being a first-time mother is never easy. And it’s really not easy when you’re just 16 years old and don’t have a solid relationship with the baby’s father. But that was Teena’s situation. And to make things even more challenging, she was recovering from cancer and still attending follow-up appointments when she discovered she was pregnant.