Since 2011, the statewide Wisconsin Family Foundations Home Visiting Program (FFHV) has supported pregnant women and families, and helps parents of children from birth to age five to engage with resources and develop the skills to raise children who are physically, socially, and emotionally healthy and ready to learn. The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) grant offered through the federal Maternal Child Health Bureau provides the majority of FFHV funding. A portion of funding for FFHV comes from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families grant (TANF) and General Purpose Revenue from the State of Wisconsin. FFHV is led by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. FFHV is building a strong partner base to enhance supports for medical care, mental health care, early childhood systems, safety, and parenting in order to foster optimal programming and avoid costly service duplication.
Along with federally funded home visiting programs in other states, FFHV is working to improve outcomes in six focus areas:
- Improved maternal and child health
- Prevention of child injuries, child abuse, neglect and maltreatment
- Increased school readiness and achievement
- Reduced domestic violence
- Improved family economic self-sufficiency
- Greater coordination and referrals for other community resources and support
Who does FFHV serve and who provides the services?
The FFHV program serves at-risk families that live in high-risk communities identified through a needs assessment in 2010, with a reassessment of need in 2014. In 2011, Wisconsin used a Request for Proposal process to find FFHV grant-eligible communities based on the needs assessment and on the following risk factors: high percentages of preterm and low birth weight infants, poverty and unemployment; high rates of substance abuse, domestic violence and crime, and child maltreatment; high rates of infant mortality; school dropout rates; disproportionate rates of infant mortality among African Americans; and racial and ethnic disparities.
Qualified parent educators, registered nurses, social workers, and family support workers offer at-risk families weekly to monthly visits determined by risk and strength assessments and duration of program enrollment.
What models of intervention does FFHV use?
FFHV programs are voluntary for families, and utilize intensive, evidence-based models and strategies. Local control encourages culturally considerate, community-centered programming, while four evidence-based home visiting models assure improved outcomes.
Where is FFHV currently offered?
FFHV serves more than 1,000 families statewide with intensive, evidence-based home visiting services.
Wisconsin Family Foundations Home Visiting currently funded programs include:
Lincoln, Forest, Oneida, Vilas, and Langlade Counties
--Northwoods Healthy Families, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services Division (HFA)
--Lakeshore Family Resources Home Visiting (PAT)
--Empowering Families of Milwaukee, City of Milwaukee Health Department (HFA)
--Healthy Families Milwaukee: Aurora Family Services, Pathfinders, and the Parenting Network (HFA)
--Next Door (EHS)
--Parent Connection, Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin (PAT)
Bad River Tribe
--Bad River Health Services (HFA): Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council
Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe
--Mino Maajisewin Home Visitation Program (HFA)
Sokaogon Chippewa Tribe
--Sokaogon Chippewa Community Services (HFA): Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council
St. Croix Tribe
--St. Croix Tribal Center (HFA): Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council
Links to project-related websites
Home Visiting Professional Development websites:
- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Home Visiting
- Home Visiting Professional Development Opportunities Training Calendar
- Annual Home Visiting Conference: Fulfilling the Promise
- Resource Toolkit for Early Childhood Professionals
- Resources for Family Members
- Wisconsin Home Visiting Facebook™ Page
- Early Childhood Professional Development Core Competencies (inlcudes home visitors)
Articles and links to learn more about home visiting
- Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems
- Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPYUSA)
- Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Partnering with Parents to Help Children Succeed
- Pew Center on the States Issue Brief: The Case for Home Visiting
- Trauma-Informed Care
- Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health
- Wisconsin Maternal and Child Health Early Childhood Systems
- Wisconsin Statewide Medical Home Initiative
- Zero to Three Home Visiting: Support Parents and Child Development
Wisconsin First Step
Information and links to services for children and youth with special needs, their families and providers. Call 800-642-7837 to speak with a parent specialist. Information is available on services such as Birth to 3/early intervention, financial assistance, parent networking and support, home health care, therapy services, CYSHCN Regional Centers and more.
Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Hotline
Information and links to services for pregnant and postpartum women and children. Call 800-722-2295 for information on BadgerCare Plus, WIC, HealthCheck, maternal depression, Prenatal Care Coordination, family planning, developmental screenings, and more.