Nothing changes a home and the family in it quite like the arrival of a new baby. All parents need support during this important transition. For parents facing the additional hurdles of being young, single or low income, help in making the needed adjustments is all the more critical to ensuring that families grow and thrive.
Voluntary home based-programs, also known as home visits, match parents with trained professionals to provide information and support during pregnancy and throughout their child’s first three years. By helping parents learn how to care for their children and themselves, home visitors hope to see safer and healthier children who are better prepared to learn and more likely to become successful adults.
In New Mexico, home visiting services may include:
· Assisting families in identifying informal support networks
· Providing referrals to community resources as necessary;
· Providing information on prenatal health, newborn care and child development;
· Determining if families have been referred to medical care and Medicaid;
· Post-partum visits conducted when possible and include assessment of the mother’s well being, physical, emotional, social supports and concrete needs; and
· Guiding families, caregivers and adoptive parents through the child’s developmental growth.
Visit http://www.cyfd.org/pdf/NM_HV_Needs_Assessment.pdf appendix C at the end of the document for a listing of the programs, services provided, and geographical locations.