Healthy Families is a nationally recognized program that promotes child well-being through parenting support and skill development. Specially trained advocates work with expecting families or parents of newborns in their homes for the first three years of their child’s life. Participation in the program is voluntary.
To help parents get off to a strong start, Family Advocates can begin working with a family as soon as they know they are expecting. Prenatal services include help communicating with prenatal care providers and preparing for childbirth and parenthood. Advocates also connect families to WIC and other supportive community programs.
Healthy Families is especially helpful for parents who want to develop the skills and knowledge to provide their children with the best possible parenting. Parents learn how to create a nurturing environment for their children using positive parenting techniques. They are provided with the skills to build their support network using information about community resources with an emphasis on health and well-being.
Click here to APPLY through Help Me Grow.
Strengthening, Preserving and Reunifying Families
In partnership with the Department of Human Services Child Welfare program, Family Advocates provide support and resources to strengthen and reunify families. When a lack of safe and affordable housing is the only barrier keeping families apart and children in foster care, the SPRF programs assist families in reaching their goal of finding a safe place to call home. In addition, Family Advocates help families continue to thrive by supporting them to achieve goals related to employment, financial stability, health, and education.
If you are interested in the SPRF program, please speak to your Child Welfare Caseworker.
Supportive Services for Veteran Families
In partnership with the Veterans Administration (VA), Family Advocates assist veterans and their families experiencing homelessness. Veterans face a variety of unique challenges related to housing and financial stability. Specially trained advocates help veterans and their families navigate the VA system, allowing them to receive the benefits they have earned. Veterans can get connected to physical and mental health care, disability benefits and housing assistance. Also, Family Advocates help veterans work towards employment and educational goals
To connect with the SSVF program call Community Connect at 503-640-3263.
In addition to the programs mentioned above, Community Action Family Advocates provide home visiting support services to Washington County families experiencing homelessness. If you are currently experiencing homelessness, click here to find out how Community Action may be able to help.