Long-term Home Visiting
Families participate in regular, weekly home visits for up to three years. We offer at least one home visit per week for the first six months after the child’s birth. After those initial months, visit frequency is based on families’ needs and progress over time. Typically, home visits last one hour. During these visits, Family Support Workers use the evidence-based Parents as Teachers curriculum to enhance child development, health, safety, and parent-child relationships. Immunizations and well child care visits are monitored; developmental screenings are conducted every six months. Family Support Workers also provide families with case management services to connect them to appropriate community resources.
During home visits, Family Support Workers provide information on:
- Infant care
- Child growth and development
- Prenatal care
- Community resources
- Child care
- Support groups
- Parenting skills
HFD offers parent support groups to connect families enrolled in the program to other parents, build parent-child relationships, and enhance child development skills. Groups are offered in English and Spanish, and are held in convenient community locations.
Additional Services Available
Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP): CPP is a therapeutic service for parents and children (0-5 years old) who have experienced traumatic events, such as witnessing violence, separation from caregiver, and chronic stress, in order to help them cope with the negative impact of these events. Hour-long home visits are provided weekly for one year. Parents learn to understand their child’s behavior and provide emotional safety.
Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC): ABC is a brief, 10-session service provided weekly in the home for an hour each week. It is available for families with infants and toddlers ages 6 to 24 months. ABC helps to build the attachment and connection between parents and very young children, and supports healthy child social-emotional development. It is appropriate for any family with a child in this age range, particularly if they have had early life challenges (early separation such as hospitalization or foster care, parental mental health or substance use problems, domestic violence).