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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, Colleen Masi at (707)252-1123 or cmasi@copefamilycenter.org.