Department of Family Services – Children and Families

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

703-324-7500
TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Pennino Building
Fairfax, VA 22035

Oriane Eriksen,
Director

Healthy Families Fairfax – Home Visitation Program: Preparing for Parenthood

Preparing for Parenthood Throughout Pregnancy and Your Baby's First Years

collage photos of boy playing, baby being fed by parent, woman pregnantHealthy Families Fairfax is for expectant parents or families with a newborn who want help to be the best parents possible.

  • Healthy Families is a free and voluntary program.
  • A family support worker and a nurse visit you in your home on a regular basis before your child is born and continue to work with you until your child is ready for preschool or kindergarten.
  • All our services are free, private and confidential.
  • For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 703-246-8450, TTY 711

Referral Form

* Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-7500 or TTY 711.

5 Steps to Building a Brighter Future for You and Your Baby:

father-kissing-baby1 – Prepare for the birth of your child

  • Prenatal care.
  • Labor and delivery.
  • Bonding and attachment.

2 – Promote your baby’s health and well-being

  • Newborn care.
  • Nutrition and exercise.
  • Immunizations and well care checkups.

3 – Grow in your role as your baby’s first teacher

  • Baby’s developmental stages.
  • Reading baby’s cues and communicating with your child.
  • Activities to prepare your child for school.

4 – Learn useful parenting strategies

  • Bedtime and feeding routines.
  • Positive discipline techniques.
  • How to soothe your baby.

5 – Connect to community resources

  • Playgroups and parent networks.
  • Child care, health and social service providers.
  • Therapists and care for children with special needs.
  • Housing, education, employment and financial counselors.
Your Family Support Worker and Nurse Will:

woman-and-baby

  • Make regular home visits before your child is born and continue until your child is ready for preschool or kindergarten.
  • Help answer any questions you have about pregnancy and the best ways to make sure your baby’s birth is healthy.
  • Teach problem-solving skills you can use during different stages of your child’s growth.
  • Bring fun and creative activities you and your baby can do together.
  • Observe and track your baby’s progress during different stages of early life to help prevent any possible health or learning problems.
National Recognition

Our program is nationally accredited by Healthy Families America® as a provider of highest quality home visitation services. Staff are certified in the use of a nationally recognized curriculum, Parents As Teachers.

Healthy Families Fairfax is a unique public-private partnership that includes two government and two nonprofit partners:

Download the Healthy Families Fairfax, Preparing for Parenthood flyer.*

*Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-7500 or TTY 711.

adult looking at parent holding a babyParent Ambassador Program

The Parent Ambassador Program shares Healthy Families Fairfax’s (HHF) resources and services with parent ambassadors who are then encouraged to share them with other families in the community. The goal of the program is to support leadership and initiative among HFF parents and the larger community. Learn more about the Parent Ambassador Program.

pregnant womanHealthy Families Makes an Impact

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.

Learn more about Healthy Families Fairfax.

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