Home Visiting builds on families’ strengths to meet their unique individual needs through customized interventions, linkages to resources and strengthening of parenting skills and social support systems. Our multidisciplinary team of Family Support Workers (FSWs), Parent Resource Workers (PRWs) and Home Visiting Nurses (RNs) build trusting, professional relationships with families and through observation, discussion and formalized assessment screen participants for a wide variety of adverse psychosocial/health outcomes including:
· Child development
· Domestic violence
· Parental role satisfaction
· Parental stress
· Stimulation and safety in the home environment
Our multidisciplinary team support families in accessing health care through a medical home and provide long-term, intensive follow-up to ensure participants seek prenatal care early and consistently; attend post-partum appointments; and have their children current with all immunizations and well-baby/child visits. The team use knowledge gained through trainings and evidence-based curriculum to provide information on child development and developmentally appropriate parent-child interaction activities. Additionally, the team is trained on techniques to facilitate the discussion of goal planning and Brief- Intervention strategies to navigate a range of family challenges including stress management, feelings of sadness or being overwhelmed.
Mary’s Center currently offers four Home Visiting models: The evidence based Healthy Families America (HFA) and Parents as Teachers (PAT), a program modeled after HFA to support fathers called, Father Child Attachment and, and the federal model Healthy Start, designed to decrease the rates of infant mortality.