Illinois Pregnant and Parenting Youth in Care Home Visiting (I-PPYC-HV) Pilot
I-PPYC-HV provides pregnant and parenting youth in child welfare care with access to voluntary home visiting services that are provided by eight programs in Cook County, the collar counties, and central Illinois. The project’s goals are to: promote nurturing parent-child relationships and healthy child development; enhance family functioning by reducing the risk of abuse and building protective factors; break the intergenerational cycle of abuse, neglect and trauma; increase coordination between the child welfare and home visiting systems; and create a model that can be replicated throughout Illinois.
I-PPYC-HV uses the Healthy Families America curriculum and includes infant/early childhood mental health consultation. An evaluation is being conducted by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, including both an implementation and an outcome study. Expansion is underway to include other evidence-based home visiting models and additional communities.