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Families Rising Program Benefits

Some of the benefits families may receive through participating in the Families Rising program include: 

  • Nurse home visiting: Supports prenatal and post-partum health and helping new moms learn how to provide attentive, loving, attachment-based, and competent care for their children while helping them develop goals to help them reach their full potential.
  • Two-parent involvement: For families in which one parent has custody of the child/children, Parenting Time Plans are offered by the Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) to aid in the development of custody and visitation plans that create a regular schedule for the child and allow the child to sustain a relationship with the non-custodial parent. The non-custodial parent may also be eligible for subsidized employment.
  • Quality early care and education: Families receive streamlined access to subsidized child care and help to choose care options. They also receive continuous 12-month eligibility for child care so that the child’s early learning is not disrupted when the parents fall out of work activities. This benefits both the family and the child by enabling parents to work, and by supporting children to achieve developmental milestones and social-emotional health.  
  • Subsidized employment: Available through the Human Services Agency JobsNOW! Program.
  • Mentoring on goal setting: This professional practice of partnering with clients to help them, over time, acquire the resources, skills, and sustained behavior changes necessary to attain and preserve economic independence. The Mentors, using the Parents as Teachers home visiting model, work with families on the parent-child relationship to help reduce parental stress, build skills and help prepare the child for kindergarten. The FaR Mentors have adopted a research-informed goal-setting and goal-achievement framework, a new approach to working with low-income families that elicits parent’s aspirations and provides supportive coaching and incentives to help them reach their goals.