Healthy Families Mendocino County

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Great Childhoods Begin at Home

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Strengthening parent-child relationships through education and support.

Healthy Families Mendocino County is a free of charge, nationally recognized home visiting program for women who are pregnant or up to two-weeks postpartum, low-income and/or Medi-Cal eligible, and whose babies are at risk of adverse childhood experiences resulting from maltreatment, domestic violence, homelessness, or parental substance abuse, untreated mental illness, or trauma history.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have been the subject of long-term study and have been found to be associated with wide-ranging negative health and social consequences such as risky health behaviors, chronic health conditions, low life potential, and early death.

The Healthy Families Mendocino County program goals include cultivating and strengthening nurturing parent-child relationships, promoting healthy childhood growth and development, enhancing family function by reducing risk and building protective factors, and building and sustaining community partnerships to engage overburdened families.

Healthy Families Mendocino County services are voluntary, confidential, and strength-based. Services will be provided in the home or community in English or Spanish by bilingual family support specialists. Enrolled families may continue receiving home visiting services until the child reaches three years of age. Community clinics, hospitals, family resource centers refer clients to the program but women may also self-refer by contacting the program directly.

For more information, please contact:

The Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency Public Health Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Director, Lisa Fredrickson, at (707) 961-2619, or via email:

To learn about the national program visit: