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Home Visiting in Illinois
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that home visiting programs are very good at reducing child abuse and neglect, especially with high-risk families. Home visiting offers family support and education through planned, regular visits with a home visitor based on a family’s needs and schedules. Home visiting is a voluntary program, and home visitors work with parents on parenting skills as well as family bonding before birth and as children grow up.


Illinois has a very strong and supportive statewide home visiting system that uses evidence-based models that focus on improving the lives of expectant and new families in Illinois. These programs provide important services to families who are at risk for poor health, educational, economic, and social outcomes.


In Illinois, home visiting is supported, in part by the following state and federal funding streams: 


Illinois utilizes an array of home visiting models throughout the state, including:

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The Healthy Families Illinois initiative is a part of the Healthy Families America program.  Prevent Child Abuse Illinois has provided leadership for the development of Healthy Families Illinois since 1994. This program of voluntary home visits for parents of newborns and young children, works with parents and gives them the tools and support they need to raise and nurture their children. Currently, there are more than 50 Healthy Families sites in Illinois. Prevent Child Abuse Illinois has been active in supporting the statewide implementation strategy for Healthy Families Illinois, promoting the program, developing community interest, exploring funding options, providing home visitation trainings for professionals, and planning and hosting an annual recognition program.

Are you a parent or caregiver looking for more information on home visiting programs near you?
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Home Visiting News Highlight: The State launched the innovative Illinois Safe Sleep Support program. The program, led by 12 government and community agencies, aims to address sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), one of the leading causes of infant mortality. Illinois Safe Sleep Support will focus on outreach and education to expand community-based promotion of safe sleep practices, promote resources to improve safe sleep environments, identify SUID disparities, and address opportunities for improvement.
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Check out the Today Show feature on the benefits of Home Visiting!
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