Healthy Families Arizona (HFAz) is designed to help expectant and new parents get their children off to a healthy start. Families are screened according to specific criteria and participate voluntarily in the program. Families that choose to participate receive home visits and referrals from trained staff. Program services are designed to strengthen families during the critical first years of a child’s life – the time when early brain development occurs, laying the foundation for a lifetime of memories, behaviors, and outcomes. Through its efforts to support and educate families, the program has shown to reduce incidences of child abuse and neglect, provide stability for at-risk families and has grown a new generation of healthy families in the state. Intensity of services is based on each family’s needs, beginning weekly and moving gradually to quarterly home visits as families become more self-sufficient. Healthy Families services may continue if needed until the child turns five years old.
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Program Description and Eligibility
HFAz is a voluntary home visitation program that serves pregnant women and families of newborns. A program description is contained in the HFAz brochure. There are 12 accredited HFAz programs with 42 sites in 13 out of the 15 Counties in Arizona. To initiate services, please directly contact any of the service providers serving the area where you reside.
HFAz is an evidence based home visiting program that has proven to be highly effective based on over a decade of consistent annual program evaluations. The annual evaluation brings to light the positive impact that the HFAz program has on participant families.