Healthy Families America


HFA is a nationally recognized evidence-based home visiting program designed for families who are at-risk for adverse childhood experiences, including child maltreatment.

HFA is the primary home visiting model best equipped to work with families who may have histories of trauma, intimate partner violence, mental health and/or substance abuse issues. Services begin prenatally or right after the birth of a baby and are offered voluntarily long term (3 years after the birth of the baby).

The HFA model, developed in 1992 by Prevent Child Abuse America, is based upon 12 Critical Elements derived from more than 30 years of research to ensure programs are effective in working with families. To date, research and evaluation indicates impressive outcomes:

  • Reduced child maltreatment;

  • Increased use of prenatal care and decreased pre-term, low weight babies;

  • Improved parent-child interaction and school readiness;

  • Decreased dependency on welfare and other social services;

  • Increased access to primary care medical services; and

  • Increased immunization rates.

Questions about referring a child or family to the Healthy Families America program? Call Kim Kozlosky, nurse manager of mother & pediatric care, at 401 788-2355.