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California Home Visiting Program (CHVP)

Close-up of mother with her infant child

The birth of a baby is an exciting time. It can also be overwhelming, especially for those without a positive parenting model or support network to guide them. The California Home Visiting Program (CHVP) is designed for overburdened families who are at risk for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), including child maltreatment, domestic violence, substance abuse and mental illness. Home visiting gives parents the tools and know-how to independently raise their children. It’s a preventive intervention focused on promoting positive parenting and child development. Decades of research on home visiting shows that home visits by a trained professional during pregnancy and in the first few years of life improves the lives of children and families by preventing child abuse and neglect, supporting positive parenting, improving maternal and child health, and promoting child development and school readiness. Giving children a solid start in their first few years of life increases the opportunity for a brighter, more prosperous future.

Program Profile

OUR GOAL: To promote maternal health and well-being, improve infant and child health and development, strengthen family functioning and cultivate strong communities.

WHO WE SERVE: Pregnant and newly parenting families who have one or more of the following risk factors: domestic violence, inadequate income, unstable housing, education less than 12 years, substance abuse, and depression and/or mental illness.

SERVICE DELIVERY: Services are provided by a Public Health Nurse or paraprofessional in the family’s home. Services begin prenatally or right after the birth of a baby, are offered voluntarily and continue primarily to age 3. The number of visits is based on need.

OUTCOMES: Research has shown that evidence-based home visiting programs produce positive outcomes that save taxpayer dollars by reducing societal costs associated with intimate partner violence, child maltreatment, youth crime, substance abuse and need for government assistance.

FINANCING: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 established the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program , which provides funds for evidence-based home visiting in every state.

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