History

In 1992, Prevent Child Abuse America, in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities and with financial support from the Freddie Mac Foundation, launched Healthy Families America (link to www.healthyfamiliesamerica.org). This initiative was designed to support parents in helping their children get off to a good beginning. Based on more than 30 years of research, Healthy Families is nationally recognized as an evidence-based model for working with overburdened families who are at-risk for child abuse and neglect.

In 1998 Healthy Families Rappahannock Area (HFRA) was developed by local community leadership. A 12-member board of directors governs HFRA in accordance to its bylaws, policies and procedures, and Healthy Families credentialing standards. HFRA has four active committees (Finance, Public Relations, Program Development, and Evaluation) where program development materializes. HFRA has received widespread support from public and private agencies, community organizations, private businesses, civic leaders, and community members.

The affiliate organizations Healthy Families America and Healthy Families Virginia provide our agency with organizational structure for member sites, development of critical elements for credentialing process, quality assurance and technical assistance, network coordination between sites and Healthy Families America, training institute and continuing education, advocacy and public awareness, resource development assistance, evaluation assistance and State conferences.

“It’s important to have a positive impact on the first three years of a child’s life. The Healthy Families’ home visiting program does that. They help give these children a right start in life. Their work directly reduces abuse and neglect in our community.”

Ronald W. Branscome
Executive Director
Rappahannock Area Community Services Board