Home Visiting in Yolo County
What is home visiting?
Home visiting programs support the whole family to promote infant and child health, parent health and wellbeing, positive parenting relationships, family goal setting, and increased self-sufficiency. Families are paired with a trained support person like nurses, community health workers, or educators, to meet with families in their homes or another location of the family’s choice. In these visits, home visitors provide culturally competent care, caregiver support and coaching, and connection to needed resources and services.
Why home visiting?
Research has shown that home visiting programs can improve a variety of social and educational outcomes for children and families. For example, studies have found that families involved in home visiting are better connected to healthcare, have safer homes, and greater school-readiness.
Home Visiting Collaborative
The Home Visiting Collaborative (HVC) is helping to create a more unified and sustainable home visiting system in Yolo County that supports families with the services they need and create system level change.
All home visiting and family-support agencies are encouraged to join the collaborative so that we may improve our network of care (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Home Visiting Programs in Yolo County
Welcome Baby is a broad-based nurse and community health worker home visiting program that supports Medi-Cal families in-need immediately following birth thereby mitigating exposure to toxic stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic and creating lasting positive impacts for young children, their families, and the Yolo County community.
R2R is focused on providing home visiting services to higher-need populations starting in the prenatal and postpartum period to prevent child maltreatment and avoid entry into Child Welfare Services. Priorities for activities and strategies around child safety include culturally sensitive, trauma informed, strengths-based parent engagement, evidence-based approaches, and building prevention and treatment partnerships.
The program aims to improve the infant-parent relationship by enhancing skills, promoting healthy child development, and supporting bonding in a safe home environment. The program serves Yolo County’s most vulnerable mothers and provides practical support for accessing basic needs and community resources as well as activities to build parenting skills.
In Home-based programs, Itinerant Teachers visit families at their homes and engage both children and parents in developmentally appropriate activities aimed at stimulating overall growth and development. Home visits enhance parents’ capacity as the child’s first and most influential teacher. Additionally, children are provided with opportunities to socialize with peers in a classroom setting twice per month.
The Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC) is a home-visiting parenting program developed by Dr. Mary Dozier to help caregivers nurture and respond sensitively to their infants and toddlers to foster their development and form strong and healthy relationships.
Family Spirit addresses intergenerational behavioral health problems, applies local cultural assets, and overcomes deficits in the professional healthcare workforce in low-resource communities. It is the only evidence-based home-visiting program ever designed for, by, and with American Indian families.
The Adolescent Family Life Program (AFLP) is a comprehensive and voluntary home visiting and case management program for pregnant or parenting teens (mothers and fathers). Entry into the program must be before age 19. Consent for this voluntary program can be given by the teen parent. Home visits are done at school, in the home, or anywhere the teen and case manager choose. Case management services are provided by bilingual Spanish Community Health Assistants with supervision and management of the program provided by Public Health Nurses.
This program provides in home Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to pregnant persons experiencing depression, anxiety, or other mood symptoms during their pregnancy or up to 2 years after they have given birth. The program provides 10-15 sessions with a behavioral health clinician and you do not need to receive your primary or perinatal medical care through CommuniCare to qualify. Additionally, clients do not have to be insured to receive services free of charge.
The Early Start program is California’s early intervention program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. Early Start services are available statewide and are provided in a coordinated, family-centered system. Families can learn more about the statewide Early Start Programs through the DDS website at: Early Start – CA Department of Developmental Services. Alta CA Regional Center provides Early Start Services to children in 10 counties in Northern CA including Yolo County.
Yolo Baby is an infant-parent mental health outreach program that serves Yolo County families with newborns and infants. The program provides one-time infant-caregiver observation followed by a discussion with an early intervention therapist. Utilizing the Newborn Behavioral Observations or the Parent-Child Interaction Scale, Yolo Baby aims to strengthen the relationship between the caregiver and their child, broaden the knowledge of the caregivers about development, reduce the need of other services in the future, and connect the families with resources and services in the community. Yolo Baby is a program of Northern California Children’s Therapy Center.