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    FAMILY SERVICE ASSOCIATION RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION AS A BLUE RIBBON AFFILIATE

    Bucks County Endorsed Sites Demonstrate High-Quality Implementation of Evidence-Based Home Visiting 

    Family Service Association of Bucks County has earned a prestigious endorsement from the Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc., (PATNC) as a Blue Ribbon Affiliate, making it one of the top-performing home visiting affiliates within the PATNC’s International network. The official designation was made on October 1, 2020. 

    Being named a Blue Ribbon Affiliate affirms that Family Service Association is a high-quality member of the home visiting field, implementing the evidence-based Parents as Teachers model with fidelity. In the last year, Family Service’s Parents as Teachers program performed over 800 home visits and delivered services to over 120 children in Bucks County who were positively impacted. 

    The program includes home visits, group connections, child screening, and connections to community resources. It equips parents with knowledge and resources to prepare their children for a stronger start in life and greater success in school. 

    “To earn the Blue Ribbon Affiliate status, we underwent a rigorous self-study and review process from the National Center. The process confirms that we are meeting Parents as Teachers’ standards of fidelity and quality,” said Kathleen Megahan, the Family Strengthening Programs Coordinator at Family Service. “Blue Ribbon Affiliates are exemplary programs, delivering highest quality services to children and families.” 

    “Our program focuses on giving children the best start in life. We promote positive parenting, enhance child health and development, prevent child abuse, and prepare children for kindergarten. These are important issues in our community,” Megahan said. “To be endorsed by Parents as Teachers in this way demonstrates our accountability and credibility to the community, our sponsors, elected officials, and partner organizations.” 

    Julie Dees, the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Family Service Association said, “I am so proud of the hard work the staff put into obtaining this national recognition. It highlights the exceptional work they do day in and day out to ensure parents are equipped to be the very best parents they can be and in turn, families stronger. Seeing how this dedicated team of professionals approach their work shows our mission in actions: To listen, care and help. Every day.” 

    About Family Service Association of Bucks County and the Family Strengthening Program 

    Family Service Association of Bucks County is a non-profit organization that seeks to help children and adults in Bucks County through a broad range of programs that include outpatient mental health, psychiatry, substance use services, medication assisted treatment, counseling, case management, and education for those at all stages of life. The Family Strengthening program provides families with early childhood services, parenting strategies, and reunification assistance. All services are free of charge to residents of Bucks County who are pregnant or caring for a child age six or under. Services are provided in the home or in a community location. 

    About Parents as Teachers 

    Parents as Teachers (PAT) builds strong communities, thriving families, and children that are healthy, safe, and ready to learn. The internationally-recognized evidence-based home visiting model is backed by 35 years of research-proven outcomes for children and families. PAT currently serves nearly 200,000 families in all 50 U.S. states, 115 Tribal organizations, six other countries, and one U.S. territory. Parents As Teachers National Center, Inc., is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Parents as Teachers affiliates operate in various settings, including health departments, hospitals and schools, faith-based and non-profit organizations. For more information, visit parentsasteachers.org or Twitter @NatlPAT. 

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