CCA Accredited by Prevent Child Abuse America

Leading National Child Abuse Prevention Organization Accredits Healthy Families America site in Woonsocket, RI to Serve Families

Woonsocket— Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America) announced today that the Healthy Families America (HFA) affiliate, Community Care Alliance, has been accredited as a provider of high quality home visiting services to pregnant families and families with infants and young children.

HFA is the signature program of PCA America and has been providing home visiting services for nearly 30 years. Expectant and new parents have common questions about their child’s development. HFA connects with families through community partners like hospitals and pediatricians to support parents, meeting within the familiarity and convenience of the family’s own home. HFA is an accessible, voluntary and well received service.

“HFA sites utilize evidence-based best practices to provide individualized support to families when needed most, and linkages to community services,” said Melissa Merrick, President and CEO of PCA America.  “We congratulate Community Care Alliance and we commend the staff for their leadership and commitment that has contributed to this most notable and highly regarded achievement.”

The accreditation process is based upon a stringent set of 12 critical elements grounded in more than 30 years of research. The process involves an in-depth examination of the site’s operation, as well as, the quality of the visits made by HFA home visitors.

“We commend Community Care Alliance for opening itself up to such an intensive review process,” said Kathleen Strader, National Director of HFA. We believe that all families and all communities deserve access to quality home visiting services.”    

“Our team values the accreditation process – it’s a time to reinforce the high practice standards set by HFA and be reminded that we’re always learning from our families and from each other along the way,” said Darlene Magaw, Program Manager of Community Care Alliance Healthy Families. “I’m grateful for the energies our staff and advisory board offer throughout the year as we prepared for the peer site review.”

During their time enrolled, families are regularly asked about their experiences in the program. Priscilla, a mom of a 4 year old reflected on her experience, “I started with the program when my son was first born.  I really started it just to try something different...they give you so much advice and encouragement… I started to do everything they said and it really worked…My son is four years old now…and I have no regrets…I would recommend Healthy Families for all new parents.” Priscilla’s HFA worker, Jeiza Munoz, recalls the remarkable progress this mom made including finishing her GED, getting a more affordable apartment and volunteering to help with a parent support group for her older child in HeadStart.

Home visitors in each community receive extensive training on a wide range of topics important to just about every new parent, such as: caring for a new baby, ensuring the baby is receiving the nutrition needed, promoting healthy child development, and coping with a myriad of other potential stresses, such as financial, housing, partner relationship, etc., that may become heightened with an addition to the family.

PCA America was established in 1972 with the belief that child abuse and neglect is preventable. The not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization is committed to preventing child abuse in all forms through education, research, public awareness, and public policy development. Today, PCA America has 50 statewide chapters.

PCA America implemented the Healthy Families America (HFA) initiative in 1992. HFA serves families of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, meeting the needs of close to 600 communities in 38 states, D.C., the U.S. Territories and Israel.

Healthy Families America is an effective and proven evidence-based home visiting program according the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. PCA America is proud to support HFA and to be part of a national movement dedicated to improving the lives of families and children.

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