The Family Connects® model is an evidence-based, universal approach to supporting newborns and their families that is based on the highly-successful Family Connects Durham program (formerly Durham Connects).
We believe that every family has needs around the birth of a child. The needs are different in different families, but nobody is fully prepared for a baby. Family Connects® bridges the gap between parents and community resources, and has been shown to improve family well-being, including reducing emergency medical care for infants and improving parent behavior and child care selection.
The model provides between one and three nurse home visits to any family with a newborn beginning at about three weeks of age, regardless of income or demographic risk. Using a tested screening tool, the nurse measures newborn and maternal health and assesses strengths and needs to link the family to community resources.
If you are interested in implementing the Family Connects® model in your community, please contact Family Connects International.