County of Marin Health and Human Services

Healthy Families Marin Home Visiting

Improve Child Health Outcomes

Healthy Families America Affiliate logoHealthy Families Marin Home Visiting (HFM) offers home visiting for parents of newborns. The program is designed to support parents, share information about child development and parenting, and provide information and referrals to families of infants and young children.

Rationale

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 and culturally sensitive models. Home visits help families build 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™.

When (Enrollment Criteria)

Referred families residing in Marin are enrolled prenatally or before three months of birth. Once enrolled, services are offered to families until the child’s fifth birthday.  Participation in the program by the family is voluntary.

Where

Once enrolled, parents are offered one home visit per week for the first six months after the child’s birth. During COVID-19, visits are via Zoom. After the initial months, visit frequency is based on families’ needs and progress over time. Typically, home visits last one hour.

How (Scope of Service)

Visits include:

  • screenings and assessments to identify how best to support families develop the full potential of their child;
  •  home visiting services; and
  • routine screening for child development and maternal well-being.

HFM staff are trained and knowledgeable about prenatal support, child development, maternal and child healthcare and community resources.  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 self-refer, please call (415) 473-6008. To refer a client, fill out the attached Marin Family Marin referral form and fax to (415) 473-6396 or email to healthyfamilies@marincounty.org. 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 Marin.  Services will be offered based on the needs of the family and availability of staff.

View the Referral Form

Meet our Healthy Families Marin Home Visitors

Ana Ortiz

Ana OrtizWhat 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 is bilingual (Spanish) and 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.

Alma Balk

Selena Diaz

Alma Balk is from Guadalajara, Mexico. Since her teenage years, Alma volunteered in projects that supported low income communities and kids with disabilities. She studied Communications back in Mexico, with a minor of Journalism. After graduation, Alma started working for the City of Guadalajara, promoting social programs and events. When she came to the USA, she started working at Portland Community College at the Women’s Resource Center. She organized and supported events such as “Taller: Conozca sus derecho. Para inmigrantes y aliados” (Workshop: Know your rights. For immigrants and allies); she also worked on consent, domestic violence, and events for students and community surrounding North Portland.  Since moving to San Francisco, Alma started working for the County of Marin in Public Assistance. In this role she helped gain access to programs like Medical, CalFresh and General Relief. 

Alma has experience advocating for people with mental health issues and struggling with homelessness. Most recently, Alma is studying Early Child Development. Alma feels honored to help families in Marin County, and she loves to learn about their culture and supporting them with information, resources and kindness.

Fevita Koirala

Fevita KoiralaWhat makes Fevita a great home visitor is her love for children and their families.  She is bilingual (Spanish) and 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.