H.A.N.D.S. is a voluntary, intensive home visitation program designed to assist parents at critical development points during their child's first two years of life.
H.A.N.D.S. was recently featured in a KET Special Report "Safe and Sound: Raising Emotionally Healthy Children in a Stressful World."
Who is eligible for the program?
HANDS will target women during their pregnancy and until the baby is 90 days old to assist with child development, parenting skills, health services and other needed resources.
When should parents enter the program?
Parents are encouraged to start the program at the beginning of their pregnancy. ALL families deserve a healthy pregnancy and their babies deserve a healthy, safe and happy childhood.
Why participate in H.A.N.D.S. ?
Parents are the most important people in the baby's life.
Parents are the first and most important teachers a child will ever have.
Parenting is a very demanding job, and all parent have worries, questions, and stress.
How does the H.A.N.D.S. program work?
Parents are screened for the program during the prenatal period or until the baby reaches 90 days old. A public health nurse and public health home visitors with specialized training in child development and parenting will visit the home to introduce parenting skill development in areas such as: recognizing your baby's needs, what to expect as your baby grows, making your home safe, etc.
Visits will be made as needed.
"I really enjoy communicating with my HANDS worker weekly about my child’s development and other important things parents should know. I also enjoy having someone I know I can always go to about concerns or any questions I may have. The program does a great job educating families and interacting with the kiddos." (A. F.)
" I love HANDS. I love it because they teach me some cool ideas on ways to be a better parent with my children. Not only that but my HANDS lady Megan is a great person inside and out. She is kind ,sweet, and tells me her opinion or tries to help me with my situations. She's awesome! The HANDS is a tremendous help and a blessing to me and my family. Thank you Megan for all that you do for us!!!" (H. H.)
"I am 33 years old and have been apart of the Hands program for several years now. I have participated consistently since before the birth of my now 3 year old son and again with my now 4 month old son. This is almost in total a five year experience. I still am learning and exchanging healthy information about my children's development as well as helpful family goals. My Hand's worker communicates effectively and with great compassion and praise to encourage our family to thrive and learn every session. I can't thank Hands enough for all they do, they are a great service to our family as well as families of this community. (J)
"To me, HANDS is a great program that allows you to better connect with yourself, your unborn child and the children you currently have."