April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to collaborate to raise awareness and empower people nationwide to play a role in making great childhoods happen. The month also recognizes the importance of communities working together to help families thrive and prevent child maltreatment. This is essential daily work for us as we strive to Keep Families Together.

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Founded in 1997, ICAN is a unique home and community-based network that provides individualized, non-traditional services and care to the highest-risk individuals and families with social, emotional, mental health, and behavioral challenges. ICAN’s team of over 190 staff consisting of care managers, service coordinators, social workers, support specialists, clinical staff, and an extensive Independent Practice Association (IPA) of 250+ providers who work together to provide a platform for support, family reunification, and preservation to over 1,900 individuals and families each day – prenatally through the end of life.

“Healthy Families New York (HFNY) is a Healthy Families America (HFA) accredited home visiting program, which seeks to improve the health and well-being of infants and children through home-based services delivered by non-profit organizations in local communities. HFNY was established in 1995 by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). HFNY is an evidence-based, voluntary home visiting model designed to provide services to families that begin prenatally, or at birth, through age five. HFNY uses an infant mental health/relational development approach that promotes parent-child attachment to achieve its mission of preventing child abuse, neglect, and other adverse childhood outcomes.

HFNY strategies are relationship-based, culturally sensitive, family-centered, strength-based (building on parental competencies), and grounded in the parallel process. HFNY home visitors develop healthy relationships with families and partner with parents to support them in responding in a sensitive and nurturing manner to their young children. HFNY offers comprehensive support services designed to promote positive parent-child interaction, healthy child development, healthy relationships, family self-sufficiency, and connections to community resources when needed.

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