Strong Families Vermont supports pregnant people and new parents through home visits delivered by trained professionals using a continuum of services. Home visitors partner with each family to set goals and promote optimal development, health and wellbeing. Home visits also provide an opportunity for early screening and identification of potential challenges facing families, as well as connections to the broader array of Children’s Integrated Services (CIS) and other local services and supports. Strong Families Vermont Home Visiting Program
Resources for service providers include guidance on service delivery and expectations are available in the CIS guidance manual. Also information about the CIS job description for individuals filling this role on the CIS regional team.
Sustained Home Visting
Nurse Home Visiting Program
Registered nurses from home health agencies deliver a long-term, structured, evidence-based home visiting program for families including at least 25 visits during pregnancy up to age two. The program improves maternal and child health and family economic self-sufficiency, promotes optimal child development, prevents child abuse and neglect, and coordinates referrals to community resources.
*MECSH (Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home Visiting): Evidence-based nurse home visiting model, Professor Lynn Kemp, Australia
Family Support Home Visiting Program
Trained professionals from CIS partner agencies deliver a long-term, evidence-informed home visiting program for families through regular visits up to age five. The program strengthens the parent-child relationship, builds social connections, prevents child abuse and neglect, and promotes optimal child development and school readiness.
*PAT (Parents as Teachers): Evidence-based “social work” home visiting model, PAT National in St. Louis
Responsive Home Visits
Children's Integrated Services teams work together to connect families with Maternal and Child Health nurses and/or Family Support Workers to provide regular home visits in response to time-limited needs. These visits support and strengthen families' health, wellbeing, parenting skills, social connections and ability to address stressors.
*CIS Nursing and Family Support Responsive Home Visits utilize evidence-informed practices using both nurses and family support workers to provide “responsive” home visiting services on both short-term and longer-term basis.
Universal Home Visits
Many communities in Vermont offer universal home visits through a range of community partners working together to ensure every family receives 1-3 visits during pregnancy and in the first months of parenting. These visits take many forms to provide a warm welcome and promote social connections, check in on the health and wellbeing of parents and baby, and share information about community resources to meet their needs.