MICHIGAN CITY – “We believe that parenting is not an easy job. Many parents have questions on what to expect and that’s what we are here for.”
That’s the word from Pamela Henderson, development director at Dunebook, where a program to make that parenting job a little easier recently received national accreditation.
“Healthy Families is a free home visitation program offering prenatal and newborn support,” program manager Gabby Ginther said. “We educate parents about their child’s development and help them to know what to expect and how to support each stage of growth.”
The program started in La Porte County in 1996, and is now been accredited by Prevent Child Abuse America, through its Healthy Families America program, “as a provider of high-quality home visiting services to families who want to improve their child’s health, nutrition and developmental outcomes.”
The mission of Healthy Families, according to Henderson, “is to support new parents and empower them to be the best parents they can be by developing healthy children physically, emotionally, socially and educationally.”
Healthy Families offers prenatal and newborn support, Ginther said.
“Healthy Families serves families prenatally, enrolling newborns within 90 days of birth. Families are encouraged to remain in the program for three years.”
It’s available to any family meeting eligibility requirements: They must live in La Porte County and fall…
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