OFO Program Receives National Accreditation
Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America) has announced today that the Building Healthy Families Program of Opportunities for Otsego, a Healthy Families America (HFA) affiliate, has been accredited as a provider of high quality home visiting services to families who want to improve their child’s health, nutrition and developmental outcomes.
HFA is a signature program of PCA America that has been providing home visiting services for more than 20 years. HFA-affiliate programs, such as Building Healthy Families, connect with expectant and new parents through community partners such as hospitals, pediatricians, WIC and other community services. “The American Dream starts with a happy, healthy childhood,” said Dan Duffy, President and
CEO of PCA America. “As parents, we all have questions from time to time. Our HFA
professionals offer evidence-based best practices to provide answers to questions, individualized support when needed most, and linkages to community services. As we congratulate Opportunities for Otsego we also recognize the state and community leadership that has contributed to its success in Otsego County, New York.”
The accreditation process is based upon a stringent set of 12 critical elements grounded in more than 30 years of research. The process involves an in-depth examination of the site’s operation, as well as, the quality of the visits made by Building Healthy Families home visitors. “We commend Opportunities for Otsego for opening itself up to such an intensive review process,” said Kathleen Strader, National Director of HFA. “We believe that all families and all communities deserve access to quality home visiting services.”
“Healthy Families New York’s 43 programs served nearly 6,000 families with more than 71,000 home visits last year. We are proud to support these programs that are proven to contribute to positive and lasting outcomes for families throughout New York State,” said acting Office of Children and Family Services Commissioner Sheila J. Poole.
For more information about Opportunities for Otsego, visit www.ofoinc.org or call 607.433.8000.