Helping to Build Strong Families Through Digital Advocacy Day

Helping to Build Strong Families Through Digital Advocacy Day
April 27, 2022 Camille Simpson
Digital Advocacy Day

Helping to Build Strong Families Through Digital Advocacy Day

You can help create strong beginnings for families in our community by participating in Digital Advocacy Day on Wednesday, April 27 on behalf of Prevent Child Abuse America.

Good Beginnings at Children’s Home

Within our spectrum of services, we offer a program called “Good Beginnings” within our Prevention programming. Good Beginnings is a prenatal and postpartum home visiting program that provides tremendous support and assistance to qualifying first-time and second-time moms in Peoria and Tazewell Counties. We also offer community-based doulas to provide labor support, education, and postpartum care and visits to mothers in the program from the third trimester through six-weeks postpartum.

Good Beginnings is accredited through Healthy Families America, a signature home-visiting program of Prevent Child Abuse America, the United States’ oldest and largest organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Healthy Families America serves more than 70,000 families across the country every year and for three decade has worked toward this vision: that all children receive nurturing care from their family that leads to a healthy, long, and successful life.

Funding for home visiting programs

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program is a federal grant that supports evidence-based home visiting, including Healthy Families America programs.

However, the bipartisan law that authorizes MIECHV will expire in September 2022.

That’s where you come in

This year on Digital Advocacy Day, you can help support the future of our Good Beginnings program by reaching out to your member of Congress and urging them to reauthorize and increase funding for MIECHV. Getting in touch now can better prepare them during the spring and summer hearings. Your awareness and advocacy can help us and other agencies continue to have positive impacts on children and families in the communities we serve.

Learn more about Digital Advocacy Day and how you can support Healthy Families America programming here.

Author: Camille Simpson, Chief Communications Officer