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Supporting Evidence-Based Home Visitation Programs to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect Project: The County of Solano Department of Health and Social Services

Published: December 31, 2008
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Funding
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Grants
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Location:

Fairfield, California

Home Visiting Program Selected:

Nurse Family Partnership

Home Visiting Target Population:

Low-income, first-time mothers in the County with significant risk factors for child maltreatment, along with pregnant transitional-age youth previously or currently involved in foster care or in relationships with former or current foster care youth.

Project Overview:
The County of Solano Department of Health and Social Services will work closely with community partners currently providing home visitation services, including BabyFirst Solano, a public-private partnership established in 2003 to make sure babies born in the County are healthy and able to thrive, to implement a Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) home visiting program. The Department expects to receive referrals to NFP from a diverse group of collaborative partner agencies and programs such as public health clinics, WIC clinics, family resource centers, and private physicians. To implement the grant, the Department's child welfare and public health divisions will collaborate with each other, including combining funding streams to support NFP. They will also work with mental health, substance abuse treatment, and employment and eligibility divisions. The grantee plans to compare outcomes, costs, and benefits of NFP with other, non-evidence-based home visiting models in the county, and will engage an external evaluator to conduct the evaluation.