Healthy Families Fairfax
Child Abuse and Neglect
Through Successful Parenting
Healthy Families Fairfax – Cost Effective Intervention
Fiscal Year 2014 Healthy Families Fairfax- Cost Effective Intervention
- The Healthy Families Fairfax Program is funded by Fairfax County, with additional state and donor organization contributions.
- In 2014, Fairfax County spent an average of $78,658** per child for foster care placements. In contrast, it costs $3,473 per family to provide prevention services through the Healthy Families Fairfax program which aims to keep children out of foster care.
**Average cost per child for case management provided through local social services plus the average cost per child for CSA funded treatment services.
Healthy Families Fairfax – A Model Program Designed to Help Families
In 2014, Healthy Families Fairfax served 535 children and 613 families living in Fairfax County who are at high risk for abuse and neglect.
Healthy Families Fairfax provides home-based parenting education, health information and referrals to community support to parents from pregnancy until the child reaches age three and is enrolled in an early group education experience.
Healthy Families Fairfax is a unique public-private partnership that includes the Department of Family Services; the Health Department and three local nonprofit organizations – Northern Virginia Family Service, Cornerstones and United Community Ministries.
Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect
- The long-term effects of child abuse and neglect can be serious and long-lasting.
- In 2014, 2,212 complaints of child abuse and/or neglect were assessed or investigated by Fairfax County’s Child Protective Services.
- Studies reveal a powerful relationship between adverse emotional experiences in childhood and the physical and mental health of adults.*
- People who were abused or neglected as children were likely to have a four- to twelve-fold increased risk for alcoholism, drug abuse, depression, and suicide attempts. Additionally, there was a 200 to 400 percent increase in smoking, poor health and sexually transmitted diseases.*
*The ACE study was conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente. Learn more at www.cdc.gov/ace.
Outcomes of Healthy Families Fairfax Program
|Objective||Achieved in 2014|
|Preventing child abuse or neglect||
Less than 1% of the families who were at high-risk of child abuse or neglect when entering the program were later found to have abused or neglected their children.
|Effective, positive parenting||
94% of participants assessed showed an acceptable level of positive parenting.
|Health care to ensure healthy births and development during a child’s critical early years.||
97% of prenatal enrollees delivered babies with a healthy birth
For more information, or to participate in a home visit, please call the Family Resources Referral Line at 703-246-8450.