History of Healthy Families America
Prevent Child Abuse America and Healthy Families America are committed to making a difference in the lives of children and families wherever possible, and since 1992 Healthy Families America has been doing exactly that. Healthy Families America is a voluntary home visiting program that was founded on the ideals of excellence, trust, and transformation and was launched in 1992 by Prevent Child Abuse America (formerly known as the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse) with funding from Ronald McDonald House Charities. The program was designed to promote positive parenting, enhance child health and development and prevent child abuse and neglect.
Since its inception in 1992, the number of Healthy Families America program sites has grown from 25 to 624 and today nearly 100,000 families are served annually in 35 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and 6 U.S. Territories. Healthy Families America is unique from other home visiting models in that it is flexible enough to be used in all kinds of communities, whether urban, rural, rich or poor.
In 2011, Healthy Families America was recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as one of seven proven home visiting models, a distinction that came after a thorough review of research into more than 250 models. Furthermore, HFA is the only national home visitation model that requires its programs to successfully complete a comprehensive accreditation process that is linked to best practice standards.