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H.A.N.D.S. Program

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Every parent needs a second pair of HANDS.

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

H.A.N.D.S. is a voluntary, intensive home visitation program designed to assist parents at critical development points during their child's first two years of life.
H.A.N.D.S. was recently featured in a KET Special Report "Safe and Sound: Raising Emotionally Healthy Children in a Stressful World."

Who is eligible for the program?
HANDS will target women during their pregnancy and until the baby is 90 days 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 parent have worries, questions, and stress.
How does the H.A.N.D.S. program work?

Parents are screened for the program during the prenatal period or until the baby reaches 90 days old.  A public health nurse and public health home visitors 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, contact the individuals below. Please email

Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Adult and Child Health
275 East Main Street HS2W-C
Frankfort, KY 40621
(502) 564-3756 Option 2
HANDS Program
Madison County Health Department
214 Boggs Lane
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone (859) 626-4263
Fax (859) 626-4493
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