Delivering Home Visiting Services to Child Welfare System-Involved Families Under Family First
This research-to-practice brief assesses the implications and lessons learned from implementing evidence-based home visiting services for child welfare-system involved families under the Family First Prevention Services Act. For this assessment, the brief examines a pilot project of 10 Healthy Families America programs, administered by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The assessment’s results are drawn from program and administrative data as well as interviews of program participants. The brief notes positive benefits of home visiting services, such as increased knowledge of child development, enhanced parenting skills, and improved co-parenting relationships. It also recognizes the difficulty of delivering home visiting services where there are unstable living arrangements and mental health crises among participants.
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