The Healthy Families Program and Home Visiting Program are just two programs created by Indiana’s Department of Child Services that aim to help children overcome stress. The Home Visiting Program provides voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to at-risk pregnant women and parents with young children.
Healthy Families Indiana is a voluntary home visitation program designed to promote healthy families and healthy children through a variety of services, including child development, access to health care and parent education.
By working closely with hospital maternity wards, prenatal clinics and other local agencies, Healthy Families Indiana systematically identifies families that could benefit from education and support services either before or immediately after birth. The program is designed to strengthen families by reducing child abuse and neglect, childhood health problems and juvenile delinquency.
DCS protects children who are victims of abuse or neglect and strengthens families through these services that focus on family support and preservation. The Department also administers child support, child protection, adoption and foster care throughout the state of Indiana. Learn more about the impact of these programs: http://wsbt.com/news/health/program-aims-at-preventing-child-abuse-through-helping-stressed-parents