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Baby Steps Home Visitation

Healthy Families America, Baby Steps

Stress and lack of support due to poverty are the primary risk factors for child abuse and neglect. Cope Family Center utilizes Healthy Families America (HFA), Baby Steps, a nationally recognized, evidence-based home visiting program model designed to work with overburdened families who are at-risk for adverse childhood experiences, including child maltreatment. Best equipped to work with families who may have histories of trauma, intimate partner violence mental health or substance abuse issues, HFA services begin prenatally or within two weeks after the baby's birth. These services are offered voluntarily, intensively and over a long-term period of 3-5 years.

The HFA model is implemented through a series of best practice standards that provide a solid structure for quality, yet the program also offers flexibility to ensure services meet the unique needs of families and communities. The program seeks to achieve:

  • Lasting community partnerships to systematically engage overburdened families in home visiting services prenatally or at birth.
  • Strong, nurturing parent-child relationships.
  • Healthy childhood growth and development.
  • Decreased risk factors to vulnerability and increased protective factors.

For more information, please contact Home Visitation Program Manager, Julie Murphy at (707) 252-1123 x 119 or jmurphy@copefamilycenter.org.

Fatherhood Services Provided

Cope's Home Visitation program provides families with an intensive support system and links to Napa's community of resources. Families that participate in our Home Visitation Program come from all walks of life, from the single teenage mother who needs help raising her newborn daughter to the working family raising children with behavioral issues that are resulting in the children's suspension from school.

Rafael Ortiz joined the agency in July 2011 as a Home Visitor. He works specifically with fathers in this program, supporting them to develop their parenting skills and contribute to their families' improved health and well-being. Rafael uses the '24/7 Dad' curriculum through one-on-one meetings with fathers, as well as in the support groups planned for the fall. The entire home visitation staff has been trained and utilizes the "Mothers as Gatekeepers" with families to strengthen the father's role in raising their children. As we begin to engage fathers through these services, we look forward to offering additional activities for fathers, based on their feedback on how they would like to be supported in raising their children.

Each family meets first with one of Cope's Registered Nurses for an evaluation of the family's strengths and needs, after which the family is assigned a Home Visitor. Together with their Home Visitors, parent(s) create an individualized service plan that enables the family to take an active role in setting goals and identifying objectives. The strengths and positive attributes of each family are respected, acknowledged and encouraged. Support activities for our Home Visitation families include:

  • Enhancement of parenting skills and facilitation of early learning
  • Maintenance of family well-being and medical care
  • Development of household management skills
  • Maintenance of and education about nutritional needs
  • Development of community resources and social support network
  • Development of budget management skills
  • Self-sufficiency planning


For more information, please contact Family Resource Center Program Manager, Kara Reyes at (707) 252-1123  or kreyes@copefamilycenter.org.