INMED Child Abuse Prevention Program gets high marks

INMED USA’s Healthy Families Loudoun continues to be one of Healthy Families Virginia’s top providers of child abuse and neglect prevention programs, according to a recent quality assurance assessment.

The assessment, conducted by a representative from HFV and Prevent Child Abuse Virginia, examined family records, supervision documentation, training records and outcomes for healthy births, healthy baby care and parenting skills development. In addition, group discussions were conducted with home visitors, assessment staff, program management and a representative of the receiving agency, and a home visit to a participating family was conducted.

Healthy Families Loudoun is a three-year child abuse and neglect prevention program that helps at-risk first-time parents create a foundation for self-reliant families and raise children who are ready to go to school to learn and thrive. The program includes intensive case management, regular home visits, parenting classes and support groups, access to essential resources and mentoring.

The team and participating families achieved a 100 percent success rate for babies who received medical care and up-to-date vaccinations, and a 90 percent success rate for visits to healthy babies. The HFL team also received high marks for expanding access to essential resources for families in need.

Through a partnership with the Inova Cares Clinic for Women, at-risk pregnant women and new mothers are referred to Healthy Families Loudoun for free critical support to ensure healthy birth outcomes and pave the way for optimal child development. The HFL team also provides clinic staff with diaper bags to distribute to families willing to be referred to HFL, with an acceptance rate of 94%.

INMED USA has also expanded its parent education group program at its Family and Youth Opportunity Center in Sterling. The program helps parents practice good physical, mental, and emotional health through workshops on COVID prevention and treatment, weekly Zumba classes, and maternal wellness and support groups. Last year, INMED USA introduced a basic computer skills course to help parents access community resources.

For more information about Healthy Families Virginia, visit familyforwardva.org.

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