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Healthy Families Arkansas: Home Visiting Program for Teens and Young Mothers
Serving Boone and Carroll Counties in Arkansas

Vision


To empower pregnant/parenting teens in northern Arkansas to provide a healthy, nurturing environment for their children, as well as develop personal, educational and vocational skills for a more productive life.

Program Requirements


  • Project staff will provide services to pregnant and parenting teens ages 18 and younger.
  • Child can be no older than 2 weeks at enrollment and the mother must be a first time mom.

Core Services Provided


  • Assistance in finding and using a “medical home” for preventive and emergency healthcare, completing Medicaid applications, WIC and other needed services.
  • Transportation will assist in prenatal and well-baby check-ups and required immunizations.
  • Education on child development and positive parenting practices.
  • Aid and support for completing  high school and working through barriers that hinder school attendance.
  • Support identifying realistic goals for higher education and/or employment.
  • Help in transitioning to independent living.
  • Crisis intervention
  • Support in obtaining childcare, assistance in childcare enrollment, and accessing other resources, as needed.

Additional "Healthy Families Arkansas Services"


  • Services will come from the evidence based curricula “Partners for Healthy Babies” and “Nurturing Parents.”
  • Partners for Healthy Babies focuses on the fact that babies are born to learn and parents are their child's first and most influential teacher.
  • The training will work with families to enhance child's language development and motor skills.
  • Nurturing Parenting Program works with parents and teens in group and home based settings to build positive, healthy interaction among family members.