Last week I had the opportunity to attend a very special graduation ceremony for 13 families in our Healthy Families America program (HFA), which honored and recognized their hard work and participation in this program for four or more years.
Healthy Families America is a national evidence-based maternal and child home visiting service. HFA pairs expectant mothers or families with newborns with a Family Support Worker, who provides free home visiting services to the family and their child until the child’s fourth birthday. The focus of HFA is to promote and strengthen positive parent-child relationships and healthy growth and development in children, as well as to build strengths of families.
I cannot describe to you how joyous and inspiring this event was to me. The HFA staff led by Alice Martin and Rachel Hallene planned every detail for our families. The room was filled with toddlers in graduation caps that the children decorated, and proud parents who have worked hard to accomplish their goals. The ceremony included a video of milestones and amazing baby pictures from all of the families. Each graduating family was presented with a diploma, HFA pin, and a book for their child.
Congratulations to our families and to the HFA staff who have supported their success. It was a privilege to witness such an important accomplishment!