What is HANDS?

Health Access Nurturing Development Services = HANDS. Any parent in Marshall County is eligible to enroll, at no cost to the family, from pregnancy up to 90 days after birth for this voluntary home visiting program.
HANDS main goals are to promote healthy pregnancies and births, healthy child growth and development, healthy and safe homes, and self-sufficient families. Each family works with a parent visitor, on a weekly basis, to help reach goals set by the family. We know that each child is unique and reaches milestones at different points.  Our HANDS team is here to discuss any questions or concerns about pregnancy and baby’s first years.


Marshall County HANDS team. From left to right Nicole, Kayle, Payton, Rena

Who should join HANDS?

HANDS is available to ALL parents in Kentucky! Each county in Kentucky has a HANDS program. Marshall County Health Department has a team dedicated to serving expecting parents and children up to age 2. Families must enroll during pregnancy or before the child turns 90 days old.

HANDS believes:

  • All families have strengths.
  • Families are responsible for their children.
  • Families are the primary decision makers regarding their children.
  • Communities recognize their roles in children’s lives.
  • Communities recognize that all children must succeed.
  • Prevention and early intervention improve the community’s well-being.
  • Public and private partnerships are vital to a successful program.

Why participate in HANDS?

HANDS knows that:
• Parents are the most important people in a baby’s life.
• Parents are their child’s first and most important teachers.
• Parenting can be demanding and comes with worries, questions, and stress.

No matter your background, we are here to offer an extra pair of hands as you learn the best way to connect with and help your baby grow. All families receive research-based information and learn about resources available in their community.

Parents have reported HANDS provided:

Support through all stages of pregnancy and the early years of baby’s life.

    • Tips and support for ways to make their home safe for baby.
    • Information on how to care for their baby.
    • Information regarding their baby’s growth and development in a healthy way, including bonding and building secure/trusting relationships.
    • Activities that the whole family can enjoy and stimulate the baby’s brain development.
    • Information regarding stress management.
    • Information regarding discipline techniques.
    • Access to other community services.

Page Updated 2-5-2024