Other MIECHV Programs in KansasRaising a child can be a challenge, especially for parents who are experiencing pressures such as unemployment, illness or lack of parenting skills. Although many parents get the help they need, too many young families have nowhere to turn for support.
Healthy Families is a voluntary program that assists new parents who are overburdened by stress factors. Staff meet with the family regularly, usually once each week. This process begins during pregnancy and continues until the child is three to five years old.
Modeled after a program in Hawaii, this service has been proven successful in promoting healthy child development, parent/child interaction, preventing child abuse and neglect, and helping families link with necessary community resources. Studies show families who participate in such programs are less likely to require the intervention of social services later in a child’s life.
Kansas Children’s Service League (KCSL)
Healthy Families America
Service area: Cherokee, Labette, Montgomery, Neosho, and Wilson counties
Contact: Erin Bunn
Service Area: Wyandotte County
Contact: Jamie VanCompernolle
(913) 371-2220 (x1204)