The Policy Of Healthy Families America

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Healthy Families America is a program created in 1992 by the Prevent Child Abuse America Program. The Ronald McDonald foundation contributes by founding to the program. Their mission is “to work with families who may have histories of trauma, intimate partner violence, mental health and or substance abuse issues” (Berger, 2000). Their goals are to enhance positive parent-child relationships, better the health of children, and prevent child abuse and neglect. HFA hope that by the end of the program the outcome for the family and children are, reduced maltreatment, positive parent-child interactions and children’s social-emotional well-being; increase school readiness; child physical health and development; positive parenting; family self-sufficiency; increase access to primary care medical services and community services; and finally a decrease in child injuries and emergency department use (Implementing Healthy Families America, 2015). HFA targets a specific population of people. They look to help families that need it the most, the ones who are currently facing challenges, or have in the past, which is the result of their life now. Some of the challenges are, single parenting; low income; childhood history of abuse; current or previous issues with drug use, mental health issues, and/or domestic violence. When parents, or parents to be reach out to HFA they must fill out a survey in order for the program to understand their situation better. However, there is one guideline

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