What Is Home Visiting?
Home visiting provides family support and coaching through planned, regular visits with a trained professional based on a family’s needs and schedules. Home visiting is a voluntary program, and home visitors work with parents on practical parenting skills as well as family bonding before birth and as children grow up.
Through partnering with the home visitors, families learn how to improve their family’s health and provide better opportunities for their children. Home visits may include:
- Supporting preventive health and prenatal practices;
- Assisting mothers on how best to breastfeed and care for their babies;
- Helping parents understand child development milestones and behaviors;
- Promoting parents’ use of praise and other positive parenting techniques; and
- Working with mothers to set goals for the future, continue their education, and find employment and child care solutions.
Babies do not come with instruction manuals but home visiting may be the next best thing, particularly during this time in a child’s life. The prenatal period and the first years of life are a critical time for brain development that lays the foundation for future success.
Find a Home Visiting Program
To find a home visiting program in your community, click below for an interactive map or to see the listing of specific communities that offer coordinated intake for home visiting services. If you have any questions, please contact Ebony Hoskin at (312) 814-6312 or click here to send her an email.
Parents Stories in English
Watch these brief English-language videos in which Illinois mothers, who have graduated from home visiting programs, describe their experiences.
Parents Stories in Spanish
Watch these brief Spanish-language videos in which Illinois mothers, who have graduated from home visiting programs, describe their experiences.