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Family Visitor Program Of Garfield County Inc

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Causes: Child Abuse Prevention, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: The organization was founded in 1983 to promote healthy families by providing education, advocacy, and support services that strengthen and empower parents, foster the optimal development of children, and prevent child abuse and neglect through periodic home visits.

Programs: The nurse family partnership program is an evidence-based program for low- income, first-time mothers. Visits begin in the first or second trimester of pregnancy and continue until the baby is 2 years old. Nfp is limited to 120 low-income families who are expecting their first baby. It is primarily funded by the state of colorado. 100% of the mothers are low income. In fiscal year 2017, nurse family partnership visisted 169 families. Among the 169 women enrolled in the nurse family partnership program, 61% of mothers were single, 24% had less than a high school education, 45% were younger than 25, 61% were hispanic, and 81% earned 25,000 or less per year. 100% enrolled during their pregnancy.

the healthy families aspen to parachute program is an evidence-based program for families where the parents have experienced three or more adverse childhood experiences or are experiencing adverse adult experiences. Families can enroll prenatally or within three months post- partum. Services continue until the child is three years old. In fiscal year 2017, healthy families aspen to parachute visited 94 families. Among the 94 primary care givers enrolled in the healthy families aspen to parachute program, 52% of mothers were single, 34% had less than a high school education, 41% were younger than 25, 61% were hispanic, 44% do not speak english, 56% earned 25,000 or less per year, and 38% enrolled during their pregnancy.

--the partners for a healthy baby program was modified in april 2017 because of funding constraints. Visits may begin prenatally or post- partum. 99 families were served in fiscal year 2017. Phb was modified to include families who had an initial bb3-a visit and who did't qualify for nfp or hfa. These families may receive up to five phb lite visits. Parents choose what they want to learn from a list of topics and when they want to schedule their visits. Phb clients are evaluated on specific learning goals that they set. Among the 99 primary care givers enrolled in the partners for a healthy baby program, 27% of mothers were single, 23% had less than a high school education, 14% were younger than 25, 52% were hispanic, and 39% do not speak english, 22% earned 25,000 or less per year, and 41% enrolled during their pregnancy. --bright by three program - initially, all families referred for services receive a bright by three visit. This visit is the first point of contact for all families referred to the agency for services. It provides an opportunity for the family to discuss their needs and their willingness to engage in on-going services. Based on the information that the parent provides, they can be offered services in the agency based on enrollment criteria. Program a visit (birth to 12 months old) focuses on brain development; program b visit (12 to 24 months old) focuses on early literacy; and program c visit (24 to 36 months) focuses on child discipline and early literacy. Parents can also choose to add text by three which provides tips for parents of children birth to five years. Agency staff provide the bb3 b and c visit materials to families enrolled in any of the agency's long-term programs. Community volunteers are trained to provide visits to parents who request b and c visits. In fiscal year 2017, 214 accepted and received a bb3 a visit. 135 of those visits chose to enroll in an agency program. Enrollments for fiscal year 2017 were hfa (31), phb (50), and nfp (54).

garfield county personal responsibility education program (prep) is funded by a federal grant which was granted to the state of colorado department of human services. Monies were granted to the garfield county department of human services who subcontracts with family visitor programs to provide direct program services. The grant's purpose is to reduce the rate of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases among garfield county teens. The program provides evidence-based sexuality and life education for teens enrolled in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, as well as in high school. Teens are also employed as interns. Classes are also provided for parents and community members. In fiscal year 2017, we provided teacher education and support for 14 area schools; 2,338 students received evidence-based education; and 17 interns participated in prep activities.

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Being middle aged and well read, I assumed I didn't need any help when Abigail arrived. How wrong I was. Thank goodness the Family Visitor Program was there to help. From advice on breast feeding, to early learning techniques. Our visitor was a life savor. I recommend them to all my friends, and let them know how valuable it is to have a friend who has education on a topic, rather than just advice. I have no doubt that the success of Abigail (now 4 going on 15) is directly related to the Family Visitor Program