Here in Montgomery County, our Children and Youth program office continues to place tremendous focus on family engagement efforts to ensure that children are being adequately cared for in their homes and avoid foster care placement. That means embracing supportive programming that educates at-risk families on ways to avoid child abuse and neglect. It’s important to provide this type of support so all children in our county can live safe, happy, and productive lives.
As we often say, children learn best through teaching, discussing and through observing adults who model responsible, caring, and self-disciplined behavior.
Our staff works directly with families and community resources to address risk factors and coordinate services to improve family conditions. Evidence-based home visiting programs provide families with the skills and confidence they need to be successful. In Montgomery County, families can benefit from several evidence-based home visiting programs proven to improve maternal and child health, prevent child abuse and neglect and improve family literacy and economic security. They include Early Head Start, Healthy Families America, Nurse-Family Partnership and Parents as Teachers.