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Supporting Evidence-Based Home Visitation Programs to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect Project: The Illinois Department of Human Services

Published: December 31, 2008
Categories:
Funding
Topics:
Grants
Tags:

Location:

Statewide

Home Visiting Program Selected:

Nurse Family Partnership, Healthy Families America, and Parents as Teachers

Home Visiting Target Population:

Families at risk for child maltreatment, including first-time parents and parents who have recently added a newborn to their family

Project Overview:
The Illinois Department of Human Services will lead development of an integrated state infrastructure to support three evidence-based models of home visitation. Illinois DHS will coordinate with two other state agencies, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and Illinois State Board of Education, and with service providers and advocacy groups in the state. Grant goals are to: 1) create a successful and sustainable state level collaborative to support Healthy Families Illinois, Parents as Teachers, and Nurse Family Partnership programs; 2) ensure that local home visiting programs are effective in reducing the risk for child abuse or neglect (implemented and operated with fidelity to the original model) through a quality assurance approach that includes training, technical assistance, monitoring, data collection, reporting and credentialing; and 3) conduct a rigorous evaluation to demonstrate that Illinois' home visitation infrastructure is effective and efficient. The evaluation will examine implementation of the state infrastructure, measure improvements in the operation and impact of local programs, and gauge the impact of these programs on parent-child interactions and the occurrence of child maltreatment.