Stand Together Against Child Abuse

April 7, 2021 – Children’s Trust is promoting it’s home visit program, Healthy Families with a Valley Metro ad campaign for April, May, and June. The project is supported by the Virginia Department of Social Services and the Virginia Department of Social Services Community Based Child Abuse Prevention Program. The campaign consists of 30 ads inside Valley Metro buses and 10 rear of bus ads.

The campaign is designed to raise awareness of Healthy Families (affiliated with Healthy Families Virginia and Healthy Families America) and their Home Visiting Program. The Home Visiting Program is free to any new parent who needs help adjusting to the needs of a new baby. Healthy Families wants to make sure that new moms and moms-to-be are receiving prenatal care, have WIC and that children have health insurance, a medical doctor, are immunized and have been screened for lead.
The first and most important teachers in every child’s life are his or her parents. Healthy Families works with other programs in the community to make sure that parents have what they need to support their child’s health, growth and development from birth to three years of age.

Children’s Trust consists of five programs: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Children’s Advocacy Center, Children First Child Abuse Prevention, Healthy Families, and the Trauma Informed Community Network. These programs combine to provide public education outreach, effective advocacy, and a strong network of support for children and families and is dedicated to coordinating services that will improve the community by promoting awareness about child abuse, providing family support through education, providing a child-friendly environment for the investigation of abuse, and advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children.