Coley, Gaetz visit Chipley

Published: Monday, December 2, 2013 at 08:17 PM.

“We have a 90 percent reduction rate in child abuse and neglect through our programs,” Hampton said.

Healthy Families Florida is a nationally accredited home visiting program for expectant parents and parents of newborns experiencing stressful life situations, according to the website, The program improves childhood outcomes and increases family self-sufficiency by empowering parents through education and community support.

Parents voluntarily participate in Healthy Families so they can learn how to recognize and respond to their babies' changing developmental needs, use positive discipline techniques, cope with the day-to-day stress of parenting in healthy ways, and set and achieve short- and long-term goals.

Being a parent is an important and sometimes difficult job, Hampton said. Healthy Families North Florida offers tools to make the job easier, and they work to give families the support they need to reach their goals and build a bright future for their children.

“Child abuse most often happens in the first five years of a child’s life,” Hampton said. “We get in there and work with the parents to give them the encouragement and support.”

Hampton said the Healthy Families organization has seen its state budget cut by $5 million and she asked Coley and Gaetz to restore the funding for the Healthy Families North Florida.

The legislative delegation thanked the public for participating in the program.

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