The Research into Healthy Families America
In February 2011, the United States Department of Health and Human Services named Healthy Families America as one of seven proven home visiting models. This distinction came after a thorough and transparent review of the home visiting research literature that looked at more than 250 home visiting models.
HFA evaluation results from more than 20 states, including 12 randomized control trials, demonstrate positive outcomes in all six domains required by the federal Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. For example:
- Reduced child maltreatment;
- Improved child health, including increased birth weight;
- Improved parent-child interaction;
- Improved school readiness and adjustment in 1st grade;
- Improved family self-sufficiency; and,
- Improved coordination of services and referrals.
The National Center on Child Abuse Prevention Research
Our main research wing, The National Center on Child Abuse Prevention Research focuses on advancing evidence-based practice. We synthesize and disseminate research and convene to improve program effectiveness, and to educate policy makers and everyone who cares about preventing child maltreatment and promoting child well-being.
The HFA model encompasses decades of research on promoting child and family well-being. HFA's evidence comes from independent evaluations across the U.S., and exceeds criteria for federal funding under the Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program. HFA can change the lives of children and parents, according to multiple rigorous studies reporting:
- more capable, less stressful parenting,
- healthy, secure children,
- resilient, self-sufficient families.