Thank you for your interest in the Family Connects® newborn home visiting program. The program is a unique evidence-based, universal approach to supporting newborns and their families. Using a tested screening assessment tool, Family Connects® assesses family strengths and needs in order to linking families to community resources. Unlike targeted longer term home visiting programs, which use demographic risk to determine services, Family Connects® families are only offered services they need, regardless of demographic risk. In some cases, Family Connects® recommends enrollment in targeted programs when they are eligible, such as Healthy Families America, Early Head Start, Nurse Family Partnership, and others. This linkage makes the Family Connects® an excellent gateway to more intensive parenting services.
The goals of Family Connects® are:
- Connect with every mother (along with the father and other family supports) in their home after the birth of a newborn. The nurse home visits are designed to share the joy of a new baby, assess unique family risks and needs, and respond to immediate family needs for support and guidance.
- Nurse visitors offer supportive guidance in several factors, responding specifically to family questions about newborn care.
- Nurse home visitors are able to connect families to community services well matched to their needs and preferences, based on individually identified vulnerabilities.
- The projected outcome is to connect new parents with their infant with the confidence and support needed for infant and parent health, mental health, child development, and overall well-being for the family.