Healthy Families America (HFA)<sup>&reg</sup> Target Population

HFA seeks to engage parents facing challenges such as single parenthood; low income; childhood history of abuse and other adverse child experiences; and current or previous issues related to substance abuse, mental health issues, and/or domestic violence.

Individual HFA sites select the specific characteristics of the target population they plan to serve (such as first-time parents, parents on Medicaid, or parents within a specific geographic region); however, the HFA National Office requires that all families complete the parent survey (formerly the Kempe Family Stress Checklist), a comprehensive psychosocial assessment used to determine the presence of various factors associated with increased risk for child maltreatment or other adverse childhood experiences.

The HFA National Office requires that sites enroll families before the child’s birth or within three months of the child’s birth. After families are enrolled, HFA sites offer them services until the child’s third birthday, and preferably until the child’s fifth birthday.