Healthy Families Fairfax
Child Abuse and Neglect
Through Successful Parenting
Healthy Families Fairfax – Cost Effective Intervention
In Fiscal Year 2011, Fairfax County spent an average of $42,862* per child receiving foster care services. In contrast, it costs about $3,281 per family to provide prevention services through the Healthy Families Fairfax program.
* The per child cost of foster care would be significantly higher if services purchased from private providers under the Comprehensive Services Act were included, but those expenditures are managed separately.
Healthy Families Fairfax – A Model Program Designed to Help Families
Healthy Families Fairfax in 2011 served 633 children and 627 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 community support to first-time 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, Reston Interfaith and United Community Ministries.
Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect
- In 2011, 2,597 complaints of child abuse and/or neglect were assessed or investigated by Fairfax County’s Child Protective Services.
- The long-term effects of child abuse and neglect can be serious and long-lasting. Child abuse and neglect can result in lowered academic achievement, increased risk of drug use, teen pregnancy, juvenile delinquency and adult criminality. As a result, communities are forced to incur huge costs related to increased police and court interventions, additional correctional facilities, and expanded mental health, substance abuse and public assistance programs.
Outcomes of Healthy Families Fairfax Program
|Objective||Achieved in 2011|
|Prevention of child abuse or neglect||
|Effective, positive parenting||
|Pre- and post-natal health care to ensure healthy births and continued healthy growth and development during a child’s critical early years.||