Home visitors help parents who are experiencing challenges such as poverty, unemployment and lack of transportation to find resources and develop skills to keep their children safe, to become self-sufficient and to build healthier relationships.
Through education, modeling, and practice, home visitors and parents work together to build and maintain stable and attached families.
The home visitor also works with the parent to identify potential safety hazards, such as choking risks, accessibility of dangerous items, and unsafe family members, and discusses strategies to prevent harm. Offering education and suggestion to the high-risk parents we serve in their home environments has proven to be a successful strategy toward reaching Family Tree’s mission of keeping children safe and families together.
Families receiving prevention services through home visitation programs saw the number of child-related emergency room visits decrease by 50%.
Long-term Effects of Home Visitation on Maternal Life Course and Child Abuse and Neglect: Fifteen-year Follow-up of a Randomized Trial. David L. Olds; John Eckenrode; Charles R. Henderson Jr.; Harriet Kitzman; Jane Powers; Robert Cole; Kimberly Sidora; Pamela Morris; Lisa M. Pettitt; Dennis Luckey. JAMA. 1997;278(8):637-643.