Prototypes – Healthy Children Strong Families


In collaboration with 11 community-based partner organizations in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County, Prototypes will implement Healthy Children Strong Families (HCSF) to prevent abandonment, improve infant and child well-being, increase permanency and enhance safety through better parenting, improved parent-child bonds and better family care coordination. HCSF will achieve these goals through three innovative and sustainable strategies.
A Family Navigator (FN) will connect children and their mothers impacted by HIV/AIDS and dangerous drugs with services and supports that will reduce the risk of separation and abandonment. The FN will use Motivational Interviewing to engage parents in the residential treatment program and serve as the liaison between service providers, courts and child welfare agencies. The FN will ensure that child and parent needs are central to care coordination. HCSF will introduce evidence-based, child-focused services into Prototypes’ residential treatment program. New practices will include Nurturing Parents, Incredible Years, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Child-Parent Psychotherapy.  These service innovations will improve child safety and well-being in addition to supporting parents' recovery and family functioning. HCSF will increase collaborative capacity at Prototypes and with partner agencies through the implementation of a Collaborative Council. Collaborative development will focus on institutionalizing HCSF strategies and using information from the program evaluation to advise program improvement and strategic planning.
Prototypes will implement HCSF in the context of a strong and growing organization with more than 25 years of experience serving the needs of Los Angeles’ most vulnerable children and their families. Once successfully implemented on the Pomona Campus, HCSF can be replicated across the Prototypes programs in Southern California and used as a model for other residential family treatment service providers across the country. Sustainability and expansion will be driven by information from a rigorous evaluation, including two comparison conditions and a cost study component. Evaluation information will enable project leaders and stakeholders to understand the effectiveness of HCSF and costs associated with its implementation, compared to services implemented as usual.