We want to take a moment to share the link to a recent Guest Column in the Crestview News Bulletin by T. Wayne Davis, Chairman of the Board for the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida where Healthy Families Florida and Prevent Child Abuse Florida are house. In this column Davis talks about healthy families, home visiting, and the prevention of child abuse and neglect. We hope you will take a look and let us know what you think and how you might use this information in your communities as well. We have also pasted a brief excerpt below.
"Ensuring children are safe and nurtured at home, while stemming the tide
of kids coming into state care, has been the work of Healthy Families
Florida since its legislative inception in 1998. Administered by the
private, nonprofit Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida through a network
of local providers, Healthy Families is the state’s preeminent child
abuse prevention program. A rigorous independent evaluation revealed
that Healthy Families is an effective prevention measure. Healthy
Families prevents abuse and neglect for 98 percent of children in
high-risk families served. Recent analysis shows that 95 percent of
children served also remained free from abuse and neglect three years
following program services."