Improve Child Health Outcomes
Healthy Families Marin Home Visiting (HFM), a project sponsored by Health and Human Services, to offer home visiting for the parents of newborns. The program is
designed to support new parents, share information about child development and parenting, and provide information and referrals to families of infants and young children.
Home visiting is rooted in the belief that early, nurturing relationships are the foundation for life-long, healthy development. Interactions between home visitors and families are relationship-based, designed to promote positive parent-child relationships and healthy attachment, strength-based, family centered, culturally sensitive and reflective. Home visits help families forge a strong bond with their child despite challenges such as single parenthood, low income, and depression that put children at risk for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including abuse and neglect. Healthy Families America® (HFA), the Home visiting model implemented, is evidence-based and has demonstrated effectiveness in meeting criteria the Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program in all eight domains examined by the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVee) review. Healthy Families Marin is the local implementation of Healthy Families America.
Families are enrolled prenatally or within three months of birth. Once enrolled, services are offered to families until the child’s third birthday.
Once enrolled, parents are offered one home visit per week for the first six months after the child’s birth. After those initial months, visit frequency is based on families’ needs and progress over time. Typically, home visits last one hour.
- screenings and assessments to determine families at risk for child maltreatment or other adverse childhood experiences;
- home visiting services; and
- routine screening for child development and maternal depression.
HFM staff are trained to assure a knowledgeable and well-informed workforce with a focus on continual professional development. Core training includes trauma-informed practice, key parent-child attachment principles and how to support parents in implementing these, as well as reflective strategies that support parents in feeling competent and empowered to make positive changes in their lives.
How to Refer
To refer a client, fill out the attached Marin Family Connections referral form and scan or fax to the number on the form. Referrals will be reviewed and follow up will be made with the family. Please let the families know you are making a referral to Marin Family Connections. Services will be offered based on the needs of the family and availability of staff.
Who are the Home Visitors
What makes Ana a great home visitor is her life experience as part of the community. Ana grew up in the Canal, members of her family still live there. She became a mother at 17 years old, so she has much in common with many mothers in the community. Ana started her career as a volunteer working as a compañera. She has had firsthand knowledge accessing services and appreciates how challenging it can be when you lack the guidance, may not speak the language, and struggle with keeping your family safe. Ana has worked in the County for the last 12 years, providing insurance assistance and most recently has completed formal training in child development and trauma informed care. Ana enjoys and is skilled at supporting mothers who wish to be successful at breast feeding and raising strong independent children.
What makes Selena a great home visitor is she understands the challenges of growing up as a first generation Salvadorian-American in the SF Bay Area. Her professional career has always been in service to the Latino community. Selena has been a single mother and acknowledges she could have benefited from Home Visiting. Selena has 17 years’ experience supporting families who have severe trauma, including sexual violence. Selena approaches families experiencing difficulties with empathy and respect. One of her goals as a home visitor is to promote positive connections between parents and their children starting from infancy.
What makes Fevita a great home visitor is her love for children and their families. She grew up in the Central Valley and is the first in her family to graduate from college, graduating with a degree in child development. Fevita’s passion for working with children started early. Starting in high school and then after her graduation from college, she tutored grammar school children, worked with children with special needs, and facilitated parent groups. Fevita is passionate about supporting parents in providing their child with the best opportunity to meet their fullest potential