Home Visiting in Illinois
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that home visitation programs are highly effective at reducing child maltreatment, especially among high risk families.
Illinois has a robust and innovative statewide home visiting system that values evidence-based home visiting programs as an effective and efficient strategy for improving the life trajectory of expectant and new families in Illinois. These programs provide crucial services to families who are at risk for poor health, educational, economic, and social outcomes.
In Illinois, home visiting is supported by the following state and federal funding streams:
Illinois Department of Human Services Healthy Families Illinois and Parents Too Soon – General Revenue Funds
Illinois State Board of Education Prevention Initiative – Early Childhood Block Grant, General Revenue Funds
Illinois Head Start Association – Federal to Local Funding
Illinois utilizes an array of home visiting models throughout the state, including:
Healthy Families Illinois is a part of the Healthy Families America initiative. This highly regarded program of voluntary home visits for parents of at-risk newborns, works with parents and provides them with the tools and support to raise and nurture their children without physical or emotional violence. Currently, there are more than 50 Healthy Families sites in Illinois. Prevent Child Abuse Illinois has provided key leadership for the development of Healthy Families Illinois since 1994. Prevent Child Abuse Illinois has been instrumental in refining the statewide implementation strategy for Healthy Families Illinois, promoting the initiative, developing community interest, exploring funding options, providing home visitation workshops for professionals, and planning and implementing an annual recognition luncheon. Prevent Child Abuse Illinois has also been a key player in updating the strategic plan for Healthy Families Illinois and contributing to the implementation of that plan.