Family Development

Healthy Families

Parenting Education & Support
Community Action provides services for the Healthy Families of Washington County program. Parenting is a skill, and this voluntary program provides long-term home visiting support that helps parents develop their skills to get off to a great start. Our trained staff work with expecting families or parents of newborns in their homes for the first three years of their child’s life.

Healthy Families helps pregnant women with:

  • Expedited enrollment in the Oregon Health Plan
  • Connecting with a prenatal care provider
  • Communicating with their chosen prenatal care provider
  • Preparing for childbirth and motherhood
  • Referrals to WIC and other needed services
  • Education and support with breastfeeding and infant nutrition

Parents learn about:

  • Child development
  • Positive guidance
  • Positive Discipline
  • Communication

This service is especially helpful for parents who want to develop the skills and knowledge to provide their children with the best possible parenting. Parents will learn how to create a nurturing environment for their children using positive parenting techniques. They are provided with the skills to build their own support network using information about community resources with an emphasis on health and well-being.

Prenatal Support

A free and voluntary program that connects low-income pregnant women with services to help them have healthy babies. Many women have barriers to obtaining early prenatal care such as lack of money, insurance or partner/family support. Many are unsure where to get care, whether or not they can get insurance, and are unfamiliar with the managed care system.

Our trained staff educates women on the importance of continued prenatal care throughout their pregnancy. They provide resources, support and parenting information during their pregnancy and after the birth.

Oregon MothersCare

Healthy Families is the Oregon MothersCare site for Washington County. We help pregnant women obtain prenatal services early in their pregnancy. Healthy Families assists with, and expedites their Oregon Health Plan applications. We also help women locate a prenatal care provider and help to make their first appointments.

Family Advocacy

Housing Stability
Community Action provides Family Advocacy and Case Management services for individuals and families with children living in Washington County who are experiencing homelessness or have received a notice of termination from their housing provider. Family Advocates help families define goals, identify resources and address barriers to stable housing. For more information please call 503-640-3263.

Financial Education
Giving families information and skills to make sound decisions about savings, debt, budgeting, and more.

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