Family Network’s mission is to meet the needs of families in Northwest Arkansas for individualized parenting education and family support.
The “Network” can be viewed as a network of families, as a network of information for parents, and as a network of professionals and organizations that provide support to families who have taken on the most important job they will ever have – Parenting!!
To empower young women who are pregnant and parenting to:
- Provide a healthy, nurturing and stimulating environment for their children
- Create positive family relationships
- Develop personal, educational and vocational skills that lead to a more productive life
- Improve parent-child interactions and support the child’s social emotional well-being
Key Program Components
- Targets young, at risk mothers and their families
- Home visits begin prenatally or at birth
- Intensive services and weekly visits are offered for several months following enrollment; long term services (3 – 5 years) are offered according to family needs.
- Focus is family-centered and directed toward nurturing family strengths and competencies
- Links families to health and human services
- Culturally-sensitive services and staff
- Limited caseloads to assure adequate time with each family
Founded in 1993, Family Network’s home-based prenatal and parenting education program was modeled after Healthy Families America, a national initiative to help parents of newborns get their children off to a healthy start.
“Ben Franklin wisely said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Nowhere is this more true than in the realm of child abuse prevention. Every child is precious. Every child deserves a chance to grow up to realize his or her full potential. And every parent faces numerous challenges along the way! Some parents are lucky and have extensive networks of family and friends to help guide them in the journey called parenting. Others have far fewer resources to draw on. The Family Network is the safety net for many, many first-time parents in our area.
Spending a modest amount to deliver in-home parenting education helps society to avoid much larger costs associated with families who find themselves in the court system. Not to mention the expense of foster care and the painful separation that children must endure. There is no better investment in a community than an investment in healthy families so that children experience positive, nurturing environments in those most critical first three years of life.”
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Arkansas Children’s Hospital
United Way of Northwest Arkansas
Bank of America Foundation
Corporate, Philanthropic and University Organizations