Child and Family Resources is an organization that invests in the well-being of families in Santa Cruz County. It provides services throughout Santa Cruz County within the limits of Nogales, Rio Rico, Tumacacori, Patagonia, Elgin, Sonoita, and Tubac. Santa Cruz County community members benefit from Healthy Families by receiving encouragement, support, and services during the critical first years of their child’s life.
In Santa Cruz County Child and Family Resources have the Healthy Families program, Child & Adult Care Food Program, and Guy Talk. The organization receives federal and state funding. Nogales is currently funded by DCS only through the lottery tax. Child and Family Resources Healthy Families Program provides free in-home support and education for families to help build nourishing and happy environments. We do this through using a curriculum that helps families promote their child’s developmental milestones as well as their health and safety and most importantly help the parents prepare their child for school.
The purpose of Healthy Families is to prevent child abuse by offering family-centered services and providing referrals for families to community resources and services as needed. “We provide in-home support to families who are pregnant or have recently had a baby, up until the child goes to school (3-5 years old). Also, we do a lot of collaborations through Mariposa Community Health Center, Holy Cross Hospital and other agencies to encourage families to get involved. We have been providing prenatal classes at Mariposa Community Health Center, breastfeeding support at Holy Cross Hospital when needed, and car seat installations through our 3 certified car seat technicians,” said Cassandra Camacho Program Supervisor.
Child and Family Resources gives back to the community by educating and advocating for resilient families and communities, expanding programs for youth, securing new revenue streams, and by being a leader in birth-5. Child and Family Resources mission is “To build strong communities where children can reach their full potential.” We support this by increasing awareness, support, and investment in children and youth. By promoting these skills and giving the caregivers the tools to do so we are building strong children to become productive adults, said Cassandra Camacho.
Child & Family Resources has 6 employees that work for Healthy Families at Child and Family Resources in Nogales. Staff members in Nogales are: Supervisor: Cassandra Camacho,Family Support Specialists: Maria Portillo, Rosa Hernandez, Talina Pimienta, and Claudia Caballero, Family Assessment Worker: Cassandra Madril. There are currently 15 locations throughout Arizona. Child & Family Resources participated in the Jump Back to School.