In 2011, 2,597 complaints of child abuse and neglect were assessed or investigated by Fairfax County’s Child Protective Services. Some of these incidents might have been prevented if the parents had known how to deal with their stress, frustration, and anger.
To help at-risk families stay healthy, Reston Interfaith participates in Healthy Families Fairfax, a local chapter of Healthy Families America, a nationally accredited program to prevent child abuse and neglect.
To be enrolled in the program, families receive a confidential visit from a Health Families nurse. The nurse conducts a survey and a family background, to assess if the family is considered at risk for child abuse/neglect.
Once in the program, trained family support workers conduct regular home visits to provide parent education and guidance for first-time and at-risk parents from the early days of pregnancy to their child’s fifth birthday.
Family support services include:
- Screening children for developmental delays
- Educating parents about healthy childrearing practices
- Assessing the home environment for potential risks
- Helping families develop goals
- Finding support services for families
Click here to view Healthy Families Wish List.
Questions about Healthy Families? Contact Jeanine Gravette, Program Supervisor, 703-787-4908.