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What is Home Visiting?

Home visiting is a free, voluntary program that gives pregnant women and families, particularly those considered at-risk, necessary resources and skills to raise children who are physically, socially, and emotionally healthy and ready to learn.

What are the Goals of Home Visiting?

Goals for every program in Ohio are to:

  1. Improve maternal and child health,
  2. Prevent child abuse and neglect,
  3. Encourage positive parenting, and
  4. Promote child development and school readiness.

What Does the Program Do for Participants?

By electing to participate in a local home visiting program, families receive help from health, social service, and child development professionals. Through regular, planned home visits, parents learn how to improve their family's health and provide better opportunities for their children. Home visits may include:

  • Supporting preventive health and prenatal practices,
  • Assisting mothers on how best to breastfeed and care for their babies,
  • Helping parents understand child development milestones and behaviors,
  • Promoting parents’ use of praise and other positive parenting techniques, and
  • Working with parents to set goals for the future, continue their education, and find employment and child care solutions.

How Does the Program Ensure Effectiveness?

The Federal Department of Health and Human Services launched the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) to conduct a thorough and clear review of home visiting program models to ensure effectiveness. Ohio home visiting programs must implement one of the following Evidenced-Based Models:

How Does the Program Measure Success?

Home Visiting in Ohio seeks to measure success by demonstrating measureable improvement in the following six benchmark domains:

  1. Improvement in maternal and newborn health;
  2. Reduction in child injuries, abuse, and neglect;
  3. Improved school readiness and achievement;
  4. Reduction in crime or domestic violence;
  5. Improved family economic self-sufficiency; and
  6. Improved coordination and referral for other community resources and supports

Where can I find Home Visiting?

The Ohio Department of Health supports communities in operating evidence-based home visiting programs while creating a coordinated, comprehensive system of services for pregnant women, young children, and their families. Click here to search for a program in your community.

While participation in the program is voluntary and free, parents must meet established eligibility requirements. Parents who are in the military or have young children with disabilities or developmental delays may also be eligible. To learn more about who may be eligible in your community, contact your local home visiting program.

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