Check out the Summer 2014 edition of the Futures Without Violence eBulletin.
The first two articles included in this National publication highlight successful Virginia efforts to improve screening for intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion among home visiting programs.
Virginia is truly leading the way and contributing to improving the understanding of the vital role that home visitors play in the lives of vulnerable families.
Virginia’s Home Visiting Consortium is a collaboration of statewide early childhood home visiting programs that serve families of children from pregnancy through age 5. The Consortium reports to the Early Childhood Advisory Council and is a partner in Virginia’s Plan for Smart Beginnings. State Coordinators of each home visiting program are the Consortium membership.
Since 2006, the Consortium has been improving the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of early childhood home visiting services in Virginia through interagency collaboration and by focusing on five areas:
- State policies and procedures;
- Technical assistance to local coalitions and communities;
- Core training for all early childhood home visitors;
- Interagency efforts to improve screening, data collection and evaluation processes;
- Collaborative programs with medical providers and child care providers.
September 9, 2014 is Fetal Alcohol Awareness Day (NFP)
Alcohol is the substance used most often during pregnancy as well as the one most harmful to the unborn child. Because it can cause irreversible congenital and neurological damage to the baby, there is no amount or time during pregnancy when it is considered safe to drink. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are a group of conditions that can occur in individuals exposed to alcohol in utero and includes physical problems as well as problems with behavior and learning. Often, a person with an FASD has a mix of these problems. FASD) is 100% preventable if women do not drink during the 9 months of pregnancy. Learn more about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and pass this knowledge on to others – not just in September but throughout the year!
Virginia Home Visiting Consortium James Madison University Fax: 540-568-6409 firstname.lastname@example.org
Supported by project D89MC23543 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Title V, Social Security Act, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010).