Utilizing the Strengthening Families Framework, the Sonoma County Maternal-Child Health Field Nursing Program (MCHFN) partners with families during pregnancy and early childhood to build five protective factors: parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need, and social and emotional competence. Through public health nursing interventions delivered via a home-visiting strategy, the program provides prevention, early interventions and participatory case management services designed to promote the lifelong health and well-being of mothers and their children. The program has five (5) overall goals. They are:
- All children are born to healthy mothers
- There are no health status disparities among racial/ethnic, gender, economic or regional group
- All women, children, adolescents and their families live in a safe and healthy environment
- There is equal access for all women, children, and their families to appropriate and needed care within an integrated and seamless system
- All children have opportunities to maximize their potential
The Strengthening Families framework was developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy and was designed to align the efforts of child welfare system, early education programs, and other community-based programs that work with families. This framework is built upon the hypothesis that when the five protective factors (listed above) are in place, the likelihood of child abuse/neglect diminishes.
Accepted to the Portfolio: January 2015