Thankful Thursday: Kennewick police chief's effort will help prevent abuse

May 23, 2013 

Thank you to Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg for bringing attention to Nurse-Family Partnership. His column, "Child abuse prevention programs pay dividends," (In Focus, March 31) brought attention to some of the many ways families and our community will benefit from this evidence-based home visiting program.

With a federal grant and the implementation support of our state's Home Visiting Services Account, we began serving families in Franklin County in February. We are able to serve up to 100 first-time, Medicaid-eligible moms. We are hoping to expand our funding source to include Benton County residents.

Research shows that in a child's brain development, this early time is critical to later success in school and life. When families receive home-based support, children are healthier and better prepared for school, parent-child bonds are stronger, and abuse and neglect are less likely. It is leaders such as Hohenberg who have the foresight to put money into home visiting and other preventive services that will make expanded services a reality and make lasting change for the better in our community.

To make a referral or get more information about Nurse-Family Partnership, please call Marie Hutson at 509 460-4229 or visit nursefamilypartnership.org.

MARIE HUTSON, Pasco

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