Healthy Families Kent County

Extra support for the first 3 years of life

Parenting is a journey, and every parent could use a little help navigating the ups and downs. Healthy Families Kent County™ matches you with a dedicated Family Support Specialist who can spend time with you, arrange community and medical resources, and help you give your baby the healthiest, safest start to the first 3 years of life.

Enrollment begins at pregnancy for any Kent County family and lasts until the child turns three months old. Services continue until the child turns three.

Enrollment is open for all Kent County families and new parents of 0-3-month-olds.

How it works

Get personalized support

Every family is unique, and there is no one-size-fits all solution. Our Family Support Specialists get to know your questions and concerns and focus on meeting the specific needs of your child and family.

Your schedule, your terms

Through home visiting, we can offer you everything from text support to parent-child activities and transportation. We’ll even work around your busy schedule!

Access to a community of resources

Healthy Families Kent County helps you build your circle of support by connecting you with any medical resources, concrete resources such as transportation and housing assistance/shelter, and other necessary services that might benefit you. We can even help you get in touch with other parents, too!

How we help you be the best parent you can be

Get access to personalized support and resources that most parents don’t have access to, including:
  • Personalized tips on caring for your baby, family, and yourself
  • Ideas for fun family activities in the comfort of your own home
  • Suggestions for fun family activities out in the community
  • Ways to make your home safer for your baby
  • Education on how your baby grows and develops, before and after birth
  • Access to the community and medical resources that would benefit you most
  • Monthly parent support groups and activity groups in the community
  • Assistance with transportation resources if needed, as available
  • Donated baby items to your family if needed
  • A compassionate shoulder to lean on and a listening ear to talk to

What to expect

When you sign up, we will start by getting to know you and your family. Our amazing partners Arbor Circle and Catholic Charities of West Michigan will reach out and walk you through the enrollment process. We make sure to work around your schedule because the early years of parenting are busy enough. 

Enrollment takes place before your baby is born or until your baby is three months old, but we’ll be by your side for the first three years of your baby’s life. With the support of your Family Support Specialist, you and your baby will be well equipped to soar through the early parenthood journey!

What parents are saying

“Healthy Families has shown me I have the ability to do anything I put my mind to with my family and independently.”

—Healthy Families participant

“I would recommend Healthy Families to anyone, even if you think you already know it all. Once that bundle of joy arrives, everything you think you know goes right out the window.”

—Former Healthy Families mom

“With Healthy Families I had someone that was going to check in with me monthly that I could be open and honest with. They were never judgemental, and always offered support for an issue I was dealing with.”

—Former Healthy Families parent

Ready to get started?

If you are interested in Healthy Families Kent County, fill out the form below and one of our team members will reach out shortly. If you have any questions or would like to know more, please contact us and we can provide more information.

Healthy families signup form

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