Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America) announced that the Healthy Families America (HFA) multi-site system Healthy Families Mifflin County, a program of SUMCD, has been accredited as a provider of high quality home visiting services to families who want to improve their child’s health, nutrition and developmental outcomes.
HFA is a signature program of PCA America that has been providing home visiting services for more than 20 years. Expectant and new parents have common questions about their child’s development. HFA connects with families through community partners like hospitals and pediatricians to find the answers to their questions, meeting within the familiarity and convenience of the family’s own home. HFA is an accessible, voluntary and well received service.
The accreditation process is based upon a stringent set of 12 critical elements grounded in more than 30 years of research. The process involves an in-depth examination of the site’s operation, as well as, the quality of the visits made by HFA home visitors.
“We commend the Healthy Families Mifflin Co. Program for opening itself up to such an intensive review process,” said Cydney Wessel, National Director of HFA. “We believe that all families and all communities deserve access to quality home visiting services.”
Kim MaClay mother of 23 month old Ashton MaClay said this of her experience with Healthy Families Mifflin County. “Soon our son turns 23 months and HFA has been with us from the start. Even before our son was born my husband and I could turn to HFA for helpful advice and tips on what to expect. Later, HFA staff shared our joy in the birth of our boy and continued to give us lots of support. It was especially helpful for us to get weekly visits because our family and friends were not always available. Like all new parents we had lots of questions but we knew that HFA was always there to support us the best they could.
As our baby boy grew, the help HFA provided also evolved. We were now able to play games, read stories and even make our own toys to share with our baby. Lots of information prepared us for months to come.
We especially enjoy HFA’s family nights and story time, because they give us a chance to connect with other parents and for our son to meet new friends.”
Congratulations to the HFA Staff on this commendable achievement!
Back Row (Left to Right): HFA Staff–Nancy Yoder, HFA Home Visitor; Brooke Penepacker, HFA Family and Community Resource Specialist; LeaAnn Goss, Data Entry; Dawn Wallace, HFA Home Visitor; Caitlan Messimer, Protective Factors Specialist;
Front Row (Left to Right): Lindsay Powell, HFA Home Visitor; Cindy Sunderland, HFA Program Manager; Cathy Dysinger, SUMCD Education Director.