Becoming a parent is a big challenge, and now there are more ways than ever to learn more about raising your child! Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) is a free, voluntary program that pairs up parents with skilled mentors who visit the homes of expecting parents. The HANDS program provides support in building healthy, safe environments for the optimal growth and development of children. Starting before the baby arrives, HANDS staff meet with expecting parents to help them learn about and practice life-style choices to give their baby the best possible start in life. The HANDS Program currently has openings for families. Call (859) 288-2338 or (859) 288-2318 for more information or to sign up for this free service delivered in your home!
“My HANDS home visitor was great! She always had the answers to my questions and concerns and if she didn’t know she would find out for me. She is very knowledgeable!” -HANDS Parent
HANDS goals are:
Positive pregnancy outcomes
Optimal child growth and development
Healthy, safe homes for children
Long-term independence for the family through smart decision-making
HANDS services are offered to parents on a voluntary basis. The family can enter the program during pregnancy and up until the baby is 90 days old. Families can continue in the program until the child is 2 years of age. Most HANDS visits are done in the family’s home. Information about other resources is made available as needed.
- A parent visitor meets with the expecting or new family to determine what services would benefit them. Referrals to social workers, public health nurses and others can be made as needed.
- During pregnancy, a home visitor meets with the family weekly and continues to meet weekly to teach about prenatal care, basic childcare, and parenting skills.
- Once the baby is born, visits can be as often as every week to provide mentoring, support, problem solving, assistance with goal setting, and teaching on life skills, child development, home safety and the importance of immunization/health care.
- As the family progresses, visits are gradually decreased and end when the child reaches age 2.
EVERY PARENT NEEDS A SECOND PAIR OF HANDS!