HANDS Program

What Is H.A.N.D.S. ?

H.A.N.D.S. is a voluntary visitation program designed to support parents at critical development points during their child’s first two years of life.

Who is eligible for the program?

HANDS will support a family during their pregnancy and until the baby turns two years old to assist with child development, parenting skills, health services and other needed resources.

When should parents enter the program?

Parents are encouraged to start the program at the beginning of their pregnancy. ALL families deserve a healthy pregnancy and their babies deserve a healthy, safe and happy childhood.


Why participate in H.A.N.D.S. ?

Parents are the most important people in the baby’s life.

Parents are the first and most important teachers a child will ever have.

Parenting is a very demanding job, and all parents have worries, questions, and stress.

How does the H.A.N.D.S. program work?

Parents are encouraged to seek registration during pregnancy or until the baby reaches 90 days old. A Family Support Worker with specialized training in child development and parenting will visit the home to introduce parenting skill development in areas such as: recognizing your baby’s needs, what to expect as your baby grows, making your home safe, etc.

Visits will be made as needed.

To get more information about the HANDS program, fill out our contact request form, contact the individuals below, or email malloryk.rice@ky.gov.

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