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April 2007Vol. 8, No. 3Evaluating Home Visitation Programs

Home visitation programs have been used in many States and communities to provide support and services to families with infants and young children as a means to prevent child abuse and neglect. A new study, produced by Chapin Hall Center for Children and the Ounce of Prevention Fund, reviews the evolution of home visitation programs and research evaluating their efficacy. The report examines improvements in home visitation programs and outlines reasonable expectations for these programs in the future.

Longitudinal studies of home visitation programs have documented many positive impacts and contributed to a greater understanding of how to make these programs work better. For example, some factors associated with better outcomes include enrolling mothers during pregnancy, using nurses for the visitation, and partnering with other interventions.

As these programs grow in popularity, there are several steps professionals can take to optimize outcomes:

  • Manage expectations
  • Look beyond individual programs to systemic change
  • Make connections with other services

The report, Home Visitation: Assessing Progress, Managing Expectations, by Deborah Daro, is available online:

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To learn about a home visiting program designed specifically for immigrant parents, read "A Home-Based Intervention for Immigrant and Refugee Trauma Survivors: Paraprofessionals Working With High-Risk Mothers and Infants," by Ruth Paris and Marybeth Bronson, published in the November 2006 issue of ZERO TO THREE:

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