LACASA’s Healthy Families Livingston Awarded National Accreditation
Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA) and Healthy Families America (HFA) announce that LACASA Center’s Healthy Families Livingston program, which provides in-home support for new and expectant parents, has earned national accreditation.
Healthy Families Livingston (HFL) was awarded the accreditation after successfully completing a rigorous qualification process. The goal of HFL is to provide high-quality home visiting services for families who want to improve their child’s health, nutrition and developmental outcomes.
LACASA’s HFL home visitors start working with parents who are expecting a baby or who have just welcomed a newborn. Home visitors provide pre- and postnatal support, information about children’s developmental stages, tools for coping with parenting challenges, and connections to local resources.
Regular visits take place within the familiarity and convenience of the family’s own home. HFL is an accessible, voluntary and long-term service, with many families participating in the program until their child enters preschool or kindergarten.
“This program helps parents bring out the best in themselves by tapping into the skills they already possess and helping them gain new skills and confidence,” said LACASA’s Director of Family Prevention and Education Holly Naylor. “Healthy Families Livingston home visitors build strong, long-lasting relationships with parents and support families in achieving their own goals.”
The accreditation process involves national reviewers examining over 200 separate program requirements within a stringent set of 12 critical elements. A multi-day site visit includes an in-depth examination of HFL’s operation and the quality of the visits made by HFL home visitors, including interviews with staff, participating families, and community partners.
“The Healthy Families America accreditation process is designed to identify individual sites and multi-site systems that have achieved high standards for performance and a commitment to quality,” said President and CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America Melissa Merrick. “HFA is proud to grant national accreditation to Healthy Families Livingston.”
Healthy Families Livingston (HFL) has served hundreds of families and children since the program was initiated at the Women’s Resource Center in 1996. HFL became a program of LACASA’s when the two agencies merged in 2011.