Goals of the Programs:
- Promote Positive Parent-Child Relationship
- Improve parenting knowledge and skills
- Foster healthy child development
- Help family’s access resources
- formal and informal services and supports available in our community
- Home visitation is a program of ongoing, consistent support that builds a trust relationship
- Provide encouragement to parents in all aspects of their parenting roles
- Affirm and helping families build on their strengths
- Recognize achievements of the family
- Assist families to build healthy connections with other families
- Model & teach healthy parenting behavior
- Provide culturally relevant information and resources
- Advocate for and with families
- Be liaison for the family when they deal with other service providers
Families Healthy Families Home visitation has been involved in hosting & assisting in the development, organizing and running partnered community programs:
- The Toy & Clothing fair partnered with Parent Link, McMann & Brighter Futures
- Child safety & seating Clinic partnered with Alberta Health Service
- Family Swim program partnered with Brighter Futures.
- Youth Cooking Program ages 7-14 partnered with Parent Link & McMann food bank
- Indian Taco Fund Raisers
- Monthly Soup & Bannock for the community
- Youth day camps
- Workshops to promote healthy relationships
Healthy Families Home Visitation Program
Home visitation is a voluntary free of charge program for our families in our communities with children from 0 to 18 years of age.
Home visitors stop in weekly in the parents’ home to enhance & provide support & development with positive parenting skills. While assuring educate on child development, child health and other aspects of positive family functioning.
Home visitors build relationships with families with the aim of helping them and build on their own strengths. HFHV workers steer families on to greater success through ongoing support and by connecting them with community resources that can provide additional assistance.
Participation in the program can be intensive and long-term depending on the needs of the children and family. Weekly visits may gradually be reduced to monthly. Families may take part in the programs from the time their children are infants to age 18 depending on individual needs.
There are plenty of effective ways to provide early child development interventions that address some of these goals. However, home visitation remains unique in its approach of meeting families on their own terms, in their own homes. The practice is reflective and personal. It provides a consistent, ongoing support for families struggling to stay centered in the job of raising children.
Healthy Families Home Visitation Program is designed to promote & assist with independent & personal assessment of individual strengths & needs. Once this is established, the parents & worker develop short term goals with a breakdown of how these goals will be achieved.
Home visitors might be able to help a family fill out forms for subsidized housing, find a good source of gently used clothing or help access a milk fund. Sometimes it’s just a matter of letting a young mother talk about keeping her dreams alive, especially when the mom is a single parent caring for three children under five years old while on social assistance.
Programs and services
Home Visitors provide support, resources and guidance to families who access the Napi Friendship center as an outreach family. These families only require or want short term support that could reflect on a one time need for support or where to access resources. Sometimes it is only to provide emotional support or to fulfill that void of feeling alone.
Transient Support Services:
Healthy families Home visitation program also provides support, resources and respect while encouraging homeless individuals to look at alternative lifestyles. Individuals will drop into the center to ask for resources to deal with their addiction issues or just to talk and have a meal
- Recognize and build on families’ strengths & achievements
- Build trusting & positive relationships with family members
- Be culturally sensitive /responsive by offering meaningful, culturally relevant information and resources
- Honor confidentiality
- Offer a neutral stand when a family needs to discuss difficulties and challenges
- Budgeting/ home management/year end tax assistance
- Create supportive groups & workshops
- Transportation to & from appointments