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Prevent Child Abuse America announced recently that the Healthy Families America affiliate Center for Children of Charles County has been re-accredited as a provider of high-quality home visitation services to families who want to improve their child’s health, nutrition and developmental outcomes.

HFA has been providing home visitation services for more than 20 years and connects with families through community partners like hospitals and pediatricians to find the answers to their questions.

“Parents want to be good parents; and as parents we all have had many questions when we realize the importance of raising a child,” said Jim Hmurovich, president and CEO of PCAA, in a Center for Children news release. “HFA’s well-trained home visitors are trusted sources in their own communities. They help provide answers to those questions and when needed, refer parents to other community services. As we congratulate [Children’s Center] of Charles County we also should recognize the state leadership and the community engagement that has made this a great benefit for La Plata. HFA requires community agency involvement and the commitment of community leaders.”

The accreditation process is based on a stringent set of 12 critical elements founded in 20 years of research.

The process involved an in-depth examination of the site’s operation, as well as the quality of the visits made by the family workers.

The HFA site in La Plata is at 6100 Radio Station Road.

Catherine Meyers, executive director of the Center for Children, said in the release, “The Center has been a Healthy Families site since 1998. I am proud of the Program Manager Anila Khalid, our great team of family support workers, excellent community partners, such as [University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center], Charles County Department of Social Services, Charles County Health Department, Judy Center, Infants and Toddlers and the Charles County Local Management Board for their wisdom and collaboration that makes this incredible program work. And finally kudos to the many currently involved families and graduates who recognize the value of the early years to their children’s success.”