The centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that home visitation programs are highly effective at reducing child maltreatment, especially among high risk families.
Healthy Families Illinois is a part of the Healthy Families America initiative. This highly regarded program of voluntary home visits for parents of at-risk newborns, works with parents and provides them with the tools and support to raise and nurture their children without physical or emotional violence. Currently, there are more than 50 Healthy Families sites in Illinois. Prevent Child Abuse Illinois has provided key leadership for the development of Healthy Families Illinois since 1994. Prevent Child Abuse Illinois has been instrumental in refining the statewide implementation strategy for Healthy Families Illinois, promoting the initiative, developing community interest, exploring funding options, providing home visitation workshops for professionals, and planning and implementing an annual recognition luncheon. Prevent Child Abuse Illinois has also been a key player in updating the strategic plan for Healthy Families Illinois and contributing to the implementation of that plan.