Home visitors are trained nurses, social workers and trained family educators. They support expecting parents and families to give their best to their children – in the comfort of a families’ own home. Home visitors provide information and support on the topics and areas that are identified by the family and may include child development information; activities to help early child development; ways to increase early literacy; building positive parent-child relationships; tools for managing stress; support for parents to reach personal goals and referrals to other resources and services.
“It’s a very relationship-based program,” said Shannon, a home visitor in the Nurse-Family Partnership program. “Our clients get to choose what our focal points are, so whatever they’re interested in is what we really try to focus on.”
Home visitors live in your community, and respect your cultural backgrounds, values and beliefs. They can answer questions about nutrition, health, development, and more. The goal is to enhance the parenting skills you already have.
“I always tell my clients to trust your gut, because no one knows their baby better than the mom,” Shannon said. “But at the same time, it’s just important to make sure that you’re making informed decisions.”
Strong Families AZ home visitors across the state are passionate about helping families thrive.
“One of the most rewarding things is to go into my client’s homes and see the information that we provide being put to use and then actually benefiting both the client and the baby,” Shannon said. “I definitely see that we make a difference and I love that I’m there on that journey with them to help provide them with support.”