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Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) Healthy Families Programs provides free services to pregnant women and first-time parents. This program works with children age 0-3. Healthy Families is affiliated with Healthy Families America, an initiative of Prevent Child Abuse America. We offer programs in the following areas: Alexandria, Arlington,Fairfax and Prince William.
The four goals of the Healthy Families Program are to:
Healthy Families provides two main types of services to families in the program.
Family Assessment: A Family Resource Specialist (FRS) conducts an initial parent interview based on the Kempe Family Stress Checklist to determine eligibility for the program as well as need for other services within the community. Depending on indicated need, the FRS provides parents with referrals to community resources.
Home Visits: Family Support Workers (FSWs) provide regular home visits to at-risk families beginning during pregnancy and until child reaches the age of three years. Home visiting services include the following components: