Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect Through Successful Parenting
Healthy Families Fairfax – Cost Effective Intervention
Fiscal Year 2017 Healthy Families Fairfax- Cost Effective Intervention
- The Healthy Families Fairfax Program is funded by Fairfax County, with additional state and donor organization contributions.
In 2017, Fairfax County spent an average of $54,945** per child for foster care placements such as therapeutic homes and residential care. In contrast, it costs $3,690 per family to provide prevention services through the Healthy Families Fairfax program with the goal of keeping children out of foster care.
**Average cost does not include CSA costs for maintenance payments and services.
Healthy Families Fairfax – A Model Program Designed to Help Families
In 2017, Healthy Families Fairfax served 574 children and 661 families living in Fairfax County who were at high risk for abuse and neglect. Since its inception in 1991, Healthy families has served over 5,000 families.
Healthy Families Fairfax works with parents from pregnancy until the child reaches age 3 and is enrolled in an early group education experience. This support includes:
- Home-based parenting education.
- Health information.
- Developmental screenings.
- Referrals to community support.
Healthy Families Fairfax is a unique public-private partnership that includes two government and two nonprofit partners:
- Fairfax County Department of Family Services.
- Fairfax County Health Department.
- Northern Virginia Family Service.
- United Community Ministries.
Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect
- The long-term effects of child abuse and neglect can be serious and long-lasting.
- In 2017, 1,875 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 2017|
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
84% 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.
89% of prenatal enrollees delivered babies with a healthy birth weight.
84% of the children received their immunizations as recommended.
96% of children who complete the program transition to an early education experience.
For more information, or to participate in a home visit, please call Healthy Families Fairfax at 703-324-7032.