What is Home Visiting?
The Consortium defines “home visiting” as: a multi-disciplinary, family-centered support strategy with services delivered by trained professionals in the home that:
- is offered on a voluntary basis to pregnant women and/or families with children through the age of 5;
- provides a comprehensive array of holistic, strength-based services that promote parent and child physical and mental health, bonding and attachment, confidence and self-sufficiency, and optimizes infant/child development by building positive, empathetic, and supportive relationships with families and reinforcing nurturing relationships between parents and children; and
- is designed to empower parent(s) to achieve specific outcomes which may include: healthy pregnancy, birth and infancy; optimal infant/child development; school readiness; and prevention of adverse childhood experiences.
Home Visiting Background:
In recent years, particular attention has been paid to home visitation at the local, state, and federal level. Both governmental and private entities are recognizing the incredibly positive impact that home visitation can have on child development, health outcomes, parenting, safety, and long-term community well-being, and are investing in home visitation programs at unprecedented levels.
There is a significant amount of research supporting the link between home visitation and positive long term outcomes for children, their families, and their communities. These benefits include, but are not limited to:
- Improved pregnancy outcomes for both mother and baby.
- Decreased rates of child abuse and neglect.
- Improved intellectual development, especially for low-birthweight babies and those who have failed to thrive.
- Reduced childhood accidents (“unintentional injuries”) and hazards in the home, and fewer emergency room visits.
- Increased breastfeeding rates.
- Improved parenting skills and home environment.
- Stronger parent-child bonding.
- Decreases in behavioral problems, including sleep problems.
- Improved maternal life course, including enhanced employment, education, and pregnancy spacing.
- Better detection and management of postpartum depression; and
- Increases in developmental screening.
Particularly in LA County, where more than 150,000 babies are born annually, there is both a great need for and a scarcity of home visitation programs. The Consortium seeks to leverage this unprecedented environment of governmental support and funding for home visitation to strengthen and expand the County’s existing home visitation network.
*Please note that inclusion of the following resources does not imply endorsement or approval by LACPECHVC.
This list is not exhaustive and is provided only for informational purposes.*
- Center for American Progress. Report. Paying it Forward: New Medicaid Home Visiting Option Would Expand Evidence-Based Services. 2015.
- Children Now. Policy Brief. Early Childhood Home Visiting in California: The Right Place at the Right Time. 2014.
- Children’s Data Network. Southern California Alliance for Learning and Results (SCALAR) Report. Newborn Home Visiting Programs: A Scan of Services and Data. 2014.
- Children’s Institute, Inc. Article. Home Visitation: Does it Work?
- Department of Health and Human Services – Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE)
- First Five Years Fund: Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Resources.
- Gomby, Deanna S. Home Visitation in 2005: Outcomes for Children and Parents. (2005). Invest in Kids Working Paper No.7. Committee for Economic Development.
- Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau – General Home Visiting Resources
- Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative (HARC)
- LA Best Babies Network. Focus Group Report: Los Angeles County Parents: In their own words. 2009.
- LA Best Babies Network. Policy Brief. Los Angeles home visitation consortium: strengthening the support for babies and families.
- LA Best Babies Network. Report: Perinatal home visitation services: an overview of the landscape in Los Angeles County. 2009.
- Lee, S; Aos, S; Miller, M. (2008). Evidence-based programs to prevent children from entering and remaining in the child welfare system: Benefits and costs for Washington. Olympia: Washington State Institute for Public Policy, Document No. 08-07-3901.
- National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP). Medicaid Financing of Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs: Options, Opportunities, and Challenges. 2012.
- National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds. Position Paper. Evidence Based Practice in Strengthening Families and Preventing Child Maltreatment. 2009.
- National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds. Research Review. Spotlight on Home Visiting: Research and Practice – Part 1 of 2. 2011.
- Promising Practices Network on Children, Families, and Communities. ARCHIVE. Programs That Work: Home Visiting. 2014.
- The Pew Charitable Trusts. Fact Sheet. Home Visiting Family Support Programs: Benefits of Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. 2015.
- The Pew Charitable Trusts. Issue Brief. Family Support and Coaching Programs: Crafting the Message for Diverse Stakeholders. 2015.
- The Pew Charitable Trusts. Report. Using Data to Measure Performance: A new framework for assessing the effectiveness of home visiting. 2015.
- Zero to Three Policy Center. Home Visiting Resources
- Healthy Families America Home Visiting Resources – Reports and Publications
- University of Chicago, Chapin Hall – Home Visitation and Maltreatment Prevention Publications