Healthy Families Indiana Becomes Recredentialed - January 2004

Prevent Child Abuse America - Healthy Families America Initiative, Chicago, Illinois

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Healthy Families Indiana (HFI) has recently been recredentialed by Prevent Child Abuse America/Healthy Families America as a multi-site system for four years. This achievement is effective through July 31, 2007. HFI’s central administration is recognized as providing administratively sound quality assurance, training and technical assistance, policies and evaluative support to the sites within its multi-site system. The 56 sites within the system are also recognized as providers of high quality home visitation services.

Hamilton Center, Inc. runs the Healthy Families program in Vigo, Sullivan and Vermillion Counties. The program, which serves approximately 700 families per year, provides child growth and development information for all families with new babies, and intensive home visiting services which are designed to enhance early childhood outcomes and prevent child abuse and neglect. Services focus on strengthening families through parent education, support and advocacy.

The credentialing process attests that sites within the HFI system have met nationally established, research-based standards, ensuring quality service delivery. It also verifies that HFI’s central administration body has met best practice standards related to system management and administration. The multi-site credentialing process is a two-part review. The first part of the review involves an in-depth examination of both the central administration’s and program sites’ operations. Both the central administration and eligible sites within the system complete a comprehensive self-assessment. The central administration’s self-assessment is based on how well it is ensuring the quality of the sites within its system through quality assurance, training, technical assistance, and evaluation of services. The sites’ self-assessment is based upon program implementation, including personnel, fiscal and program management. The second part of the process requires an on-site review based on the content of the completed self-assessment and is conducted by trained peer reviewers that are external to the state.

Prevent Child Abuse America was established in 1972 by Donna J. Stone for the purpose of building a nationwide commitment to prevent child abuse and neglect. The not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization is committed to preventing child abuse in all its forms through education, research, public awareness, and advocacy. The Health Families America (HFA) initiative was implemented in 1992 by Prevent Child Abuse America in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities, building on two decades of research in the field of home visitation. The HFA initiative promotes positive parenting, encourages child health and development, and seeks to prevent child abuse and neglect.

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