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Parenting can be both rewarding and challenging. You may experience feelings of anticipation and excitement, but you may also have feelings of anxiety, worry, and isolation. The Healthy Families Program is a nationally accredited home visitation program designed to support, encourage and assist families with their newborn babies.

Healthy Families is rooted in the belief that early nurturing relationships are the foundation for life-long, healthy development. All services are free and voluntary with the goal of helping new parents rise to meet the challenge of parenting. Family Support Specialists provide support and encouragement to new parents by recognizing their strengths and sharing information during regularly scheduled home visits.

Families participating in the Healthy Families program will receive weekly home visits for the first year. After one year, the frequency of visits will decrease progressively as your family moves through the program.

Topics of discussion during home visits may include:

  • How babies grow and develop
  • How to keep you baby safe and healthy
  • Positive parenting skills
  • Early childhood play activities
  • Education and employment goal setting
  • Connections to community resources and help obtaining basic baby supplies

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

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.

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.

Healthy Families is funded by: Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Brown County United Way, Brown County Human Services, Door County Human Services, Private donations.

“Our worker is part of our family.

I know more about my kids, how their brains work and I have a better understanding why they do certain things.”

— Client, Healthy Families

FAQs

Does Healthy Families provide transportation?

Yes, the program is able to offer transportation to medical appointments as well as other appointments to various services that are deemed necessary.

How long can my family receive home visitation services?

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

How long are visits? Does the child need to be present?

Visits typically last one hour. Children enrolled in the program are required to be present during the visit.