The Gorter Family Foundation and the Steans Family Foundation helped fund and launch Lake County’s new igrow home visiting program, which was featured in a Lake County Journal article
Lake County launches igrow home visiting program.
The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center has launched igrow Lake County, a home visiting service for expectant mothers and families with children up to age 5 who reside in Lake County. Through the voluntary program, families are matched with a trained professional who provides one-on-one family support and coaching in the comfort of the family’s home.
“The first five years of life are critical in a child’s brain development, and parents play a huge role in building a strong foundation for their kids,” said Lisa Kritz, director of prevention for the Health Department. “Through igrow Lake County, we can help build stronger families, promote kindergarten readiness and reduce child maltreatment.”
Through the program, the Health Department will coordinate intake for home visiting services provided by ChildServ, One Hope United and Family Focus. Trained home visitors provide developmental screenings, help parents understand and respond to their child’s needs, assist with discussing the child’s health with medical providers and facilitate learning activities that strengthen the bond between parent and child. If the family needs additional support, the home visitor can provide information and referrals to community services.
For more info about the igrow program visit the Lake County Health Department’s page.