NEW: RI Health Dept. Grants $2 Million for Pregnant Women, Families with Young Children
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
8 community-based organizations will receive a portion of the funds, allowing for about 400 more families to receive Healthy Families America services.
"Pregnancy and the earliest years of life have a huge impact on how a child’s brain gets built," said Director of Health Michael Fine, MD. “Home visiting programs like Healthy Families America support parents so they can give their children every possible advantage as they develop and grow. In this way, the programs benefit not only families, but also Rhode Island as a whole, as kids with strong foundations become part of solid communities and contribute to society.”
As part of the program, Family Support Workers work with a family until the child is three years old, helping expectant mothers and families access community resources and supports, as well as plan for education and jobs. The trained specialists also offer encouragement and emotional support for parents to grow more self-sufficient and confident in their roles as parents.
To learn more about Healthy Families America, visit www.health.ri.gov/programs/healthyfamiliesamerica.
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