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.
Abilities Network has established the Healthy Families program, to serve families in Baltimore County, Md.
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.
Healthy Families Baltimore County is primarily funded through grants from Baltimore County’s Local Management Board and other donors.
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.
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.
This depends on what you need. Some examples of areas we have helped families with include:
Choosing a pediatrician
Locating housing options
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.
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
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
Maryland Children’s Health Program
United Health Care