"Parenting is one of the most important and rewarding jobs a person will ever do-- as well as one of the most challenging. And, unlike other jobs, most people have no experience or "training" before becoming parents."

Because Building Healthy Families believes in strength and resiliency of families, parents are encouraged to act as our partners in service delivery.

BHF staff will advocate to support the safety and well-being of children and families while providing voluntary, community-based and respectful service that is culturally sensitive. Building Healthy Families offers Home Visits to parents through two programs:

Healthy Start/Healthy Families of Northeast Oregon

Healthy Start is a voluntary family support and parent education home visiting program.  It helps first-time families give their newborn children the best start in life.  Healthy Start offers services prenatally or around the time your baby is born. Parents receive information on topics like child development, infant care and keeping their baby healthy, and learn about what’s going on in their communities to support new families. Many families are eligible for home visits with a trained parent coach, or Home Visitor who coaches them as they build parenting skills and learn how to keep their baby safe, healthy, and support positive growth and learning.

Healthy Start gives new parents information on:

-How babies and toddlers grow, develop and learn
-How to help build baby's brain as you take care of her/him every day
-How to have a set of parenting skills that work as your baby grows
-How to keep your baby and toddler, including tips on feeding, sleep and safety
-How to find out about activities and resources for new families in your community

The goal of Healthy Start is to increase the number of children ready for school and to improving parenting skills, enhance positive family relationships, and increasing families’ connections to community resources.

Healthy Start/Healthy Families of Northeast Oregon works in collaboration with local hospitals, medical clinics, public health departments and a variety of other community partners.

Home Visits

Parents have an opportunity to improve and learn new parenting skills through the Home Visiting program offered by Building Healthy Families.  Based on research that shows the importance of a nurturing relationship between parent/caregiver and children to healthy child development and school readiness; Building Healthy Families provides highly trained Home Visitors who offer individualized, one-on-one parenting education and support using a variety of evidence-based parent education curricula.

Home Visitors strive to build a positive, collaborative relationship with participating parent/caregiver’s. Working together in a “parallel process”, the parent/caregiver and Home Visitor develop a quality relationship that mirrors the interactions and relationship developing between the child and parent/caregiver.  The familiar surroundings of the family home provide a comfortable place for the parent/caregiver and the Home Visitor to develop a home visiting plan that is tailored to the unique needs of the family. Home Visitors are knowledgeable about other resources in the community and can connect families to additional services and supports.  

For more Home Visiting information contact Julie at jrogers@oregonbhf.org.