Home Visiting and CHIP Extended For Two Years
Early Childhood advocates across the nation are celebrating news of President Obama signing the SGR bill into law! SGR includes funding to continue MIECHV for the next 2 years and also continues support for CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program). In a rare display of bipartisan support, the bill received overwhelming support in both the House (392-37) and the Senate (92-8).
Please give yourself a much deserved pat on the back! And, be sure to thank those who helped make this happen—our local advocates and our legislators who voted to continue this important funding. Both Senator Warner and Senator Kaine voted in support of this legislation and all but one of Virginia’s Congressional Representatives (Dave Brat, Republican, 7th District) voted in favor of this legislation. Please be reach out to your local representative and Senator to thank him or her for their support. And, plan to join us as we continue our work to educate Virginia leaders about the effectiveness of home visiting and the importance of investing in early childhood.
See a brief summary of this legislation HERE.
As always, thanks for all that you do on behalf of Virginia families and children!
Laurel Aparicio, MPA
Director, Virginia Home Visiting Consortium
Since 2006, the Virginia Home Visiting Consortium has been advancing the delivery of high quality, efficient services that improve the health, social, and educational outcomes for new and expecting parents, young children, and their families within safe homes and connected communities.
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Featured Program of the Month:
Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect.
Nurture Children. Support Families.
Build Strong Communities
The month of April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. In Virginia, Prevent Child Abuse Virginia (PCAV) and Healthy Families Virginia (HFV) play a vital role in preventing child abuse and neglect in families on a day-to-day basis.
To bring attention to child abuse and neglect prevention month PCAV, along with the Virginia Department of Social Services, hosts an annual conference for professionals working in the child welfare field. This year it will be on April 13th at the Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa. The theme for the month and the conference is “Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect. Nurture Children. Support Families. Build Strong Communities.” April 13th is being designated Wear Blue Day, to raise awareness about the wellbeing of all children. If everyone participates, it should make quite a statement!
However, efforts to prevent abuse and neglect are ongoing every day, not just in April. Below is a success story from the Healthy Families program in Southwest Virginia highlighting the powerful work they do to help children, families, and communities.
Prior to entering the Healthy Families program with her current pregnancy, “Susan” had several miscarriages, was married to a drug dealer, who had introduced her to drugs, did not have access to transportation or a job, and was estranged from part of her family because of her drug dependency. She had tried several different rehabilitation programs and was unable to stay committed and clean. After beginning home visits with Healthy Families, the Family Support Worker was able to provide support and encouragement to Susan in small steps such as keeping OB appointments, preparing the baby’s room, making healthy eating choices, and keeping drug therapy appointments. The FSW built a strong relationship with Mom and was present at the birth of her baby. Over the course of the next year, the FSW was able to provide transportation for Mom and baby and referrals that helped mom access community services and continue her drug therapy. Susan working several part-time jobs and began saving her money. She enrolled in short-term, on-line college classes, continued her drug therapy, and began building a resume. Susan the courage to leave her current residence as it was unsafe and supportive in helping her to live a drug free life. She moved in with her parents, met and visited with additional family members, and re-gained the trust she had lost during her drug addiction. Mom continues to work and has saved enough money to buy a car and has saved enough money to put a down payment on a house and move out on her own.
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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).