Walorski Meets with Families in Successful Program to Help Parents with Young Children
Healthy Families St. Joseph County Supported by Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today met with Hoosier families who have taken part in Healthy Families St. Joseph County, a voluntary home visiting program supported by the federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. MIECHV is set to be reauthorized later this year and falls under the jurisdiction of the House Ways and Means Committee, of which Walorski is a member.
“Evidence-based programs like Healthy Families are helping Hoosier parents thrive and giving children the chance to achieve their full potential,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn more about how this program serves our community and to hear directly from families who have benefited from it. I look forward to working with my colleagues to reauthorize the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program that has shown so much promise in improving people’s lives.”
Healthy Families St. Joseph County is a program under the Family & Children’s Center, a community organization that serves more than 1,000 children and families each year. Congresswoman Walorski met with staff of Healthy Families St. Joseph County and the Family & Children’s, State of Indiana officials, and families who have benefited from participating in the program.
The Healthy Families program partners with the State of Indiana and the federal MIECHV program to provide expectant parents and parents of newborns with home visits by specialists who share tools and information to encourage healthy child development.
MIECHV is an evidence-based federal program that has shown positive outcomes in improving prenatal health, supporting childhood development, increasing financial independence, and preventing child abuse and neglect through voluntary home visiting services.
The Ways and Means Committee later this year will consider legislation to reauthorize the MIECHV program, which was first authorized in fiscal year 2010.
Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.