Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS)
Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) is a home visitation program for all 1st time parents (mom or dad) residing in Kentucky. Services can begin during pregnancy or anytime before a child is 3 months old. HANDS is an educational service that promotes healthy pregnancies, births, healthy child growth and development, healthy and safe homes, and self-sufficient families. The program gives support through pregnancy and early years of baby’s life.
GREAT NEWS! HANDS IS GROWING!
Not just for first time families. Effective July 1, 2015 the program has expanded to include parents with more than one child. The program is free to moms and dads, regardless of age or income.
HANDS staff believe a child’s parents are the most important people in a child’s life. A parent is the first and most important teacher a child will ever have. HANDS offers information and support to parents as they build a healthy, safe and stimulating environment in which their baby can grow and develop. Additional information on the program is available on the KY Department for Public Health HANDS WEBSITE .
Thoughts Shared From Clients
Participating in HANDS
“Each week Jack and I look forward to seeing our H.A.N.D.S. worker. The H.A.N.D.S. program has not only provided me with knowledge to be the best parent possible for my son, but also has given me the confidence to be so. It’s a support system that every new parent needs, helping me in times of colic and weariness. H.A.N.D.S. is a program I would recommend to every new mom and dad helping guide you through one of the toughest, but most wonderful, jobs you’ve ever had.”
“It is comforting to know that I always have someone to talk to and I know I can trust her completely. I really feel like God put her in my life for a reason. Being a single Mom is scary but being a part of the HANDS program is a blessing. I do not know what I would have done without the program. I would recommend it to anyone who needs help. Being a Mommy is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I know that being a part of HANDS has made me a better one.”
“When I first found out I was pregnant, my life as I knew it was falling apart. I lost my job, my apartment, had to move in with my parents and then my car got taken back. Then I heard about HANDS. From my first in-home visit, they’ve been nothing but helpful. While pregnant, I learned about what to expect, about breast feeding, what foods were best and labor techniques. “
“Since my daughter Lyla was born, I have learned so much from week to week. Everything from early develoment, E-parenting skills, games/crafts and made sure Lyla was where she needed to be developing, even helped me receive other local services that helped me get into counseling. I was able to work through some things and am now able to be a better mommy.”