Healthy Families

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Healthy Families


An Overview of Healthy Families

As part of Healthy Families America, a national initiative serving more than 430 communities across the nation, Healthy Families Baltimore County works with new mothers to develop supportive, enriching parenting practices that help their children and families grow to realize their fullest potential.

 

What area does Abilities Network serve through Healthy Families?

Abilities Network has established the Healthy Families program, to serve families in Baltimore County, Md.

 

What is the goal of the Healthy Families program?

The goal of Healthy Families Baltimore County is to help parents create supportive environments for their babies and families. The program helps to ensure that:

  • Babies are born healthy - Parents who participate in the program learn how to improve their chances of giving birth to a healthy baby.

  • Children grow up healthy - Families who participate gain access to information on immunization, safety practices and substance abuse prevention.

  • Children enter school ready to learn - The program helps parents teach their children basic skills that will help them succeed in school.

  • Families live in safe and stable homes - We work with families to find good housing, educational and employment opportunities. We also work to decrease the incidences of child abuse and neglect, domestic violence and juvenile crime.

  • Children and families live in supportive communities.

 

How is Healthy Families Baltimore County funded?

Healthy Families Baltimore County is primarily funded through grants from Baltimore County’s Local Management Board and other donors.

 

What can Healthy Families do for me?

If you are a new parent or are expecting a child, we can provide support and resources to you and your family. We are able to start providing support before the baby is born or within two weeks after birth. Once services begin, they can continue until your child is five years old.

 

What kind of support can Healthy Families provide?

We are able to provide information about resources in your community that will help you meet the basic needs of your family. We know that new moms and dads want the best for their children and we are able to share information about child development as well as activities that will assist you with meeting their needs. In addition, we can work with you to identify what you want to accomplish for your family and support you in reaching those goals. Last, but not least, we create opportunities for you to get together with other parents.

 

What resources does Healthy Families help with?

This depends on what you need. Some examples of areas we have helped families with include:

  • Choosing a pediatrician

  • Finding childcare

  • Locating housing options

  • Improving relationships

  • Stress management

  • Locating employment

  • Continuing education

  • Self-Care

 

Where will my services be provided?

We know that getting to meetings can sometimes be hard, so a team member will come and meet with you at your home. Family groups usually take place in the local community or at our office in Towson.

 

Is this service only for moms?

Not at all! We strongly encourage dads, brothers, sisters, grandparents or any other person who will spend a lot of time with the baby to be a part of our visits

 

For more information about Healthy Families, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 410-828-7700.

 

Resources

 

Our Partners

The following organizations are partners with the Abilities Network Healthy Families program’s Professional Advisory Board (PAB).

  • Baltimore County Local Management Board

  • Baltimore County Health Department

  • Baltimore County Infants and Toddlers

  • Baltimore County Public Library

  • Baltimore County Head Start

  • Baltimore County Public School’s HIPPY Program

  • The Family Tree

  • Franklin Square Department of Pediatrics

  • Sinai Hospital

  • Maryland Children’s Health Program

  • United Health Care

 

Our Mission

To challenge the community to acknowledge the value and equality of people of all abilities.