Prevention & Self-Sufficiency Services 

The Prevention and Self-Sufficiency Services Bureau (PSB) strives to advocate, educate, and offer a continuum of services that strengthen individuals, families and the community. We serve expectant mothers, children 0-5, youth 6-18, and adults. The programs within the bureau align with primary, secondary and tertiary prevention strategies and services. Some of the programs include researched and nationally recognized evidence based models that have demonstrated positive outcomes for participants. Majority of the programs are voluntary in nature, but the benefits that they yield are critical. Many families want support and connection to resources in the community that help them to identify and achieve their individual or family goals and we are here to make that connection. 

PSB services include early childhood and youth development; wrap-around intensive case management; community-based parenting education and support; workforce education and training; housing assistance and stabilization; and home visiting services. We also offer mentoring, youth leadership and civic engagement opportunities, tutoring, and connections to neighborhood resources based on youth interest.

Learn more about our programs below:

  1. Healthy Families

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Healthy Families America (HFA) is one of the leading family support and evidence-based home visiting programs in the United States. We believe early, nurturing relationships are the foundation for healthy development. Our approach is relationship-based, culturally respectful, family-centered, and grounded in the parallel process: the relationships we build with parents and families serve as a model for the supporting, positive relationships we help them cultivate with their children.

How HFA Works

Family Connections

Once a family becomes interested in receiving services, HFA staff will reach out to learn more about their current needs, and also explore their strengths. At HFA, it’s all about relationships, and the first job of staff is to build a strong connection with the families being served.

Voluntary Enrollment

After learning more about each family’s unique situation, HFA staff will recommend services for families based on their needs—from home visiting to additional community connections. Regardless of the recommendations our staff offer, HFA is always voluntary.

Home Visiting

Should home visiting services be recommended, HFA staff will work with families long-term. Most families are offered services for a minimum of three years, and are visited weekly at the start. Services are culturally respectful, and home visitors are chosen on the basis of their ability to establish trusting relationships with participating families.

For more information, reach out to our team today at 757-926-6009

  1. Parents as Teachers
  1. Youth Services
  1. Family and Community Education Services
  1. Employment Services
  1. Virginia Cooperative Extension