Children's Voice Jan/Feb 2007

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Home Visitation Model Snapshot

Healthy Families America

Founder: Prevent Child Abuse America, in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities

First site launched: 1992

Type of organization: National office is nonprofit.

National headquarters: Chicago

Number of sites: 430 nationally and in Canada

Families served since inception: An average 50,000 families

Families served: Families facing multiple challenges, such as single-parent status, low-income, substance abuse problems, victims of abuse or domestic violence

Ages of children eligible: Prenatal to age 5

Length of stay in program: Three to five years

Frequency of home visits: At least once a week, based on family need

Cost: Free

Services: Ensure family has a medical provider, share information on early childhood development, help families identify their babies' needs and locate resources, share ideas on caring for babies and young children, link families with other community resources such as job placement and child care services, and help families follow-up with immunizations.

Participant retention rate: Approximately 66% of families for at least 6 months, 45% for 12 months, and 28% for at least 24 months

Home visitors employed: Approximately 3,000

Qualifications for home visitors: Home visitors often are paraprofessionals; 24% have only a high school diploma or GED, 39% have some college, 34% are college graduates, and 3% have graduate degrees.

Research model or approach followed: Built on a set of 12 research-based critical elements that provide a benchmark on which quality is measured.

Primary or largest program partners: Parents as Teachers, Home Instruction for Parents and Preschool Youngsters, Parent-Child Home Program, Council on Accreditation, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities


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