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  • Healthy Families America
Full Name: Healthy Families America
Panhandle Public Health District
808 Box Butte Ave
Hemingford, NE 69348
808 Box Butte Ave
Hemingford, NE 69348

The Healthy Families America (HFA) model, since its inception, has been focused on the prevention of child abuse and neglect. In communities throughout the country, child welfare providers have served as a source of referral to HFA for families who could benefit from home visiting. This has resulted in improved parent-child relationships, improved child health and safety, and many families averting further child welfare involvement. A randomized control study found that mothers with prior CPS reports experienced a reduced rate of confirmed abuse, as well as reduced rate of child welfare services cases opened.
The HFA model was designed to engage families as early as possible, during pregnancy or at the birth of a baby. The literature suggests these are significant life events when parents can be more motivated to connect with a home visitor and before poor parenting practices become less amenable to change. For child welfare staff who work on the front lines each day and who recognize the value of connecting families in distress to long-term, intensive home visiting services like HFA, a challenge arises when families with older infants or toddlers are identified and HFA services are unavailable due to the child’s age. However, it can be argued the very rationale for enrollment prenatally or at birth is similar to the rationale when serving a child welfare referred population. Parents referred by child welfare can potentially also be more motivated to change. To address this existing gap in service, HFA has worked closely with state leaders and local implementing agencies to create an optional child welfare adaptation of the HFA model.

Needs service could help meet:
  • Provides emotional support and encouragement to parents
  • Teaches & supports appropriate parent-child interaction and discipline
  • Provides periodic developmental assessments and referrals if delayed
  • Links families with community services, health care, child care, and housing
  • Encourages self-sufficiency through education and employment
  • Provides child development, nutrition, and safety education


Hours 24 hours
Telephone (308) 663-2966 Tollfree
Website E-mail
Barrier Free? Unknown Ages Served 0 - 5
Counties Served Box Butte, Morrill, Scotts Bluff.
  • Pregnant or parenting families with a child less than 24 months old.
  •  Young adults being served by DCFS that are pregnant and/or are parenting.
HFA remains a voluntary program throughout the family’s enrollment. Services will continue until the target child is 3 years old and may continue until the child is 5 years old.

Service Code: 7702
Cost .

Date revised for accuracy: January 06, 2020


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Center on Children Families and the Law - University of Nebraska-Lincoln 206 S. 13th St. Suite 1000
Lincoln, NE 68588-0227 - Phone: 800-746-8420 - Tollfree: 402-472-0844 in Lincoln
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