Our Healthy Families program is a free parenting and family support service provided at no cost to participants. We serve families through the First Steps Georgia and the Healthy Families America (HFA) program. Healthy Families benefits parents in many ways by helping them be the best parents they can be, and reach personal goals (such as furthering their education and gaining employment).
Currently, Wellroot is offering HFA under the Healthy Families Gainesville banner in Hall and Gwinnett Counties, based on community needs. Wellroot plans to expand HFA to other service areas including Forsyth, Dawson, and Lumpkin as capacity allows and community needs demand.
Below is more information about First Steps Georgia resource support and Healthy Families America home visiting program. For support, please complete the referral form below and visit other community resources.
First Steps Georgia
The mission of First Steps is to provide universal support services for all expectant parents and all families with children ages birth to five. First Steps Georgia provides families with parenting information on topics relevant to parent and child health and safety and a guide containing information on community resources appropriate for expectant parents and children birth to five and their families.
First Steps services also include providing referrals to relevant resources and age-appropriate information in at least the following categories:
- Maternal Health
- Newborn/Child Health
- Home and Child Safety
- Community and Family Safety
- School Readiness
- Family Economic Self-sufficiency
Some families enrolled in First Steps Georgia may go on enter the HFA home visiting program.
Healthy Families America
Healthy Families America (HFA) is the nationally recognized, evidence-based home visiting program of Prevent Child Abuse America. HFA builds a strong foundation for safe and secure relationships between caregivers and children, maximizing opportunities for all children to reach their full potential. Families enroll voluntarily in HFA home visiting program as early as prenatally or at birth and work one-on-one with a Family Support Specialist in the home, receiving services tailored to their needs, until the child is three years old. Through case management, Family Service Specialists provide information and guidance on parent child attachment, childhood growth and development, and family functioning. Eligibility requirements are pregnant moms or moms of infants up to 3 months, living in Hall or Gwinnett County with Medicaid or Uninsured. We have bilingual staff that are fluent in Spanish that work with our Spanish-speaking families.
Below are some helpful resources for new mothers:
Tracking your child’s development
- Tips for breastfeeding
- Find a breast pump
- Understanding what chemicals, medications, etc are safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding
Safety in the home
Community resources in Hall County
Car Seat Safety