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.
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.
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.
- Watch for developmental milestones.
- Show you activities to help your child develop and grow.
- Connect you to other community services.
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.
Find a 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.
This website is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number HRSA-16-172 Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program – Formula. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
It takes a village. Illinois home visiting collaborates with numerous partners in order to support young children and families. These partners include:
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago • Children’s Home + Aid • Easter Seals • Ever Thrive Illinois • Family Focus • Fussy Baby Network at the Erikson Institute • Heartland Alliance • Illinois Action for Children • Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health • Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics • Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership • Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition • Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence • Latino Policy Forum • Metropolitan Family Services • Mothers and Babies Program at Northwestern University • Prevent Child Abuse Illinois • Robert R. McCormick Foundation • Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law • The Irving Harris Foundation • The Ounce of Prevention Fund • Voices for Illinois Children