PSSF Family Support

Home Visiting (FSS/HVS)

Home Visiting services must utilize evidence-based home visiting practice models to support positive parent/child relationships, promote optimal child health and development, enhance parental self-sufficiency, ensure safe home environments and prevent child abuse and neglect.  While services can also be received elsewhere, the home is the primary service delivery setting. Programs vary, but components may include:

  • Education in effective parenting and childcare techniques
  • Education on child development, health, safety, and nutrition 
  • Assistance in gaining access to social support networks 
  • Assistance in obtaining education, employment, and access to community services
Services are voluntary support and educational services designed to enhance parental capacity to care for children, strengthen parent/child relationships and help families identify and access community resources.   Home visiting programs offer a variety of family-focused services to expectant parents and families with new babies and young children. They address issues such as maternal and child health, positive parenting practices, safe home environments, and access to services.

Home Visiting services are limited to the following evidence-based programs for the prevention of child abuse and neglect and/or for child well-being:

  • Healthy Families
  • Parents As Teachers
  • Safe Care Augmented (for families who were the subject of a unsubstantiated report and referred by DFCS Family Support) 

Services, provided in the home, include at a minimum, but are not necessarily limited to, assessment and screening, case management/service coordination, parent education and/or skill building, community linkages and supports.   PSSF Home Visiting programs MUST maintain fidelity to the selected, approved home visitation practice model and satisfy requirements regarding staff qualifications, training and supervision, target population, services and service delivery.