Healthy Families

Healthy Families is a nationally accredited home visitation program designed to assist families and their newborn babies, from birth up to the age of five.

 

All Healthy Families services are free and voluntary, with a primary purpose of providing guidance and support to parents to get babies off to the best start possible.

 

What Services Are Provided?

  • Home Visitation

Parenting is both rewarding and challenging. You may experience feelings of anticipation and excitement, but you may also feel anxiety, worry, and isolation. It may be difficult to keep things running smoothly while devoting attention to your baby, especially if friends and family aren’t available during stressful times.

 

Our Family Support Workers provide support and encouragement to new parents by recognizing their strengths and sharing information during regularly scheduled home visits.

 

Topics of discussion may include:

  • How babies grow and develop

  • How to keep your baby safe and healthy

  • Positive parenting skills and early childhood play activities

  • Healthy ways to relieve stresses of parenting and cope with other life situations

  • Setting education and employment goals

  • Connections to community resources, as needed, and assistance with obtaining basic supplies for your baby

 

  • Family Fun Activities and Outings

Healthy Families hosts several activities and outings for the whole family throughout the year, as funding allows. This is a chance to have fun together and meet and socialize with other families.

 

Who is Eligible?

First-time parents in Brown or Door County are eligible to enroll in Healthy Families during pregnancy or until the baby reaches three months of age. Families are referred through hospital visits and other community agencies; families can also self-refer.

 

How do I Get Started?

The first step is to meet with a Family Resource Specialist who will discuss the program, talk with you about your needs and goals, and how we can best support you and your family. If you choose to participate, your family will receive weekly home visits for the first year. After that, frequency of visits decreases progressively as your family moves through the program.

 

Healthy Families is committed to supporting families as long as they feel a need for the program. We are able to provide services to enrolled families for up to five years, or when the child enters a school program such as 4K or Head Start.

 

Let us help you ensure the best possible start for your baby! For more information, call us at:

  • Brown County: (920) 436-4416 ext. 124

  • Door County: (920) 746-9040

 

Click here or call 920-436-4416 ext. 110 for more information on Healthy Families' Dads programs.

 

 

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Healthy Families is a partner in the Community Partnership for Children in Brown County

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Accredited by Healthy Families America

 

Healthy Families is funded by: Brown County United Way and the Community Partnership for Children, United Way of Door County, Brown County Human Services, Door County Human Services, Wisconsin Department of Children & Families, and Private Donations

In 2014, the Healthy Families program served 221 families in Brown and Door Counties.

 

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Contacts:

Brown County

1822 Riverside Dr, Green Bay

Program Manager: Julie Ferral, email or call 920-436-4416 ext. 151

 

Door County

57 N 12th Ave, Ste 110, Sturgeon Bay

Program Supervisor: Gina Felhofer, email or call 920-746-9040

 

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View a Healthy Families brochure: English / Spanish / Dads' Programs