Frequently Asked Questions

What is a home visit?

Home visits are regular meetings with a trained, family-support professional in your home at a time that is convenient for you and your family. The frequency of visits depends on your family’s needs. As your home visitor gets to know you, they will provide information about local services and provide materials and activities that can help meet your individual needs.

How much do home visits cost?

Home visits are free.

Who is eligible for home visits?

Home visiting is for expectant parents and parents with infants and children under 5 years of age. Different home visiting programs have various criteria or time periods for participation.

What are the qualifications of home visitors?

All home visitors are trained to help families with babies and young children. Training includes such subjects as maternal and child health, safety, infant and child development, parent-child relationships, etc. Each home visiting program has training and educational requirements ranging from a high school diploma to a college degree. Home visitors also have other important qualities and skills to successfully work with various individuals and families. All home visitors receive ongoing, in-depth supervision.

What happens during a home visit?

Each visit is unique, but each time your home visitor will answer any questions you might have and may provide materials about child development, parent-child interaction, safety, discipline or others. They may provide ideas for activities for you and your child that will help build your relationship. Your home visitor will also help you identify goals for yourself, your child and family, and help you find ways to make them happen.

How often do home visits occur?

Depending on your needs and the specific home visiting program, home visits can be weekly or as little as once a month. Home visits last about an hour.

Do I have to participate?

Home visits are voluntary, so you can choose to participate as long as you want and the home visiting program provides services.

What do I do to sign up?

Visit Find a Home Visitor Near You to locate and contact a program in your area.