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HOME VISITING PROGRAMS

Through the Healthy Families America Program or Comprehensive Family Support Services…

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Funding Provided By: State of NH Dep’t of Health and Human Services DPHS, Maternal and Child Health

TLC Family Resource Center provides services that are tailored to the individual needs of the family and delivered in the convenience of the home. The purpose of home visits is to help parents develop the knowledge, skills and resources needed to raise a healthy, happy child. What better place to do this than in the home where the family lives? Home visits are especially convenient for families who aren’t ready to leave the house with a new baby. Home visits are also helpful to families who don’t have transportation. Home visits are always confidential and voluntary.

During the first few home visits, the parents and the TLC Family Resource Center parent educator choose the goals that the family wants to work on during home visits.

Sample Family Goals:

Deliver a healthy baby
Develop a secure attachment with my child
Learn about child development
Reduce family stress
Connect with community resources

What Home Visits Accomplish:

Parents who elect to participate in local home visiting programs receive advice, guidance and other 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 support for preventive health and prenatal practices such as helping mothers find suitable prenatal care, improve their diets, and reduce use of tobacco, alcohol, and illegal substances. Home visitors can assist mothers through all stages of pregnancy and beyond, providing support to mothers learning to breastfeed and care for their babies. In addition, home visitors may provide health and development education for mother and child by helping parents understand child development milestones and behaviors and promoting parents’ use of praise and other positive parenting techniques. Home visitors may also work with mothers to set goals for the future, continue their education, and find employment and child care solutions. Over time, families and home visitors build partnerships and work together to:

Improve health and development; Improve school readiness and achievement; Prevent child injuries, child abuse, neglect, or maltreatment, and reduce emergency department visits; Improve school readiness and achievement; Reduce crime, including domestic violence; Improve family economic self-sufficiency; and improve the coordination and referrals for other community resources and supports.

How often will TLC Family Resource Center visit?

The home visit schedule depends on the needs of the family. Visits usually take place on a weekly or bi-weekly basis for a limited number of weeks. Most visits are one hour. For pregnant women, visits increase around the time of birth. Women who enroll during pregnancy receive visits until the child is up to 3 years old.

What happens during a home visit?

Home visits are designed to help families reach their goals. Each visit includes time for listening to parents’ concerns, to offer information and support, and to review progress on family goals. For example, if the goal is to learn about child development, the home visitor will provide age-specific information about the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the baby or child. The home visitor might offer a book or game suited to the age of the child. Sometimes the home visitor will use a screening tool called the Ages and Stages, which helps to screen for developmental strengths and areas in need of improvement.

What are the qualifications of TLC Family RC home visitors?

TLC Family Resource Center home visitors are registered nurses, certified parent educators, and licensed mental health workers.  For pregnant and postpartum women, a registered nurse and a parent educator each meet with the family on an alternating basis throughout pregnancy, continuing until the child is up to three years old, depending on the program in which they are enrolled.

Do you ever meet with families outside of the home?

Yes. Visits outside of the home can be arranged for those who prefer a location outside of the home. Sometimes it is easier for families to meet at the TLC Family Resource Center office in Claremont or at another location in the community. Just let us know.