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Supporting Evidence-Based Home Visitation Programs to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect Project: State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families

Published: December 31, 2008
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Funding
Topics:
Grants
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Location:

Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Ocean, and Union Counties

Home Visiting Program Selected:

Nurse Family Partnership; Healthy Families America; Parents as Teachers

Home Visiting Target Population:

First-time mothers in Hudson and Union Counties; families from pregnancy to age five in Cape May County, and system coordination in Essex and Middlesex Counties

Project Overview:
The State of New Jersey's Department of Children and Families will conduct State and local planning to build the infrastructure necessary for a system of care that uses the state's Comprehensive Home Visiting System model. This model will promote collaboration for early identification of pregnant women and parents and will advance statewide efforts to integrate evidence-based home visitation services into a system of care. The model will also increase the availability of evidence-based home visiting services as a primary strategy to prevent child maltreatment. New Jersey plans to initially pilot a screening/risk assessment and intake coordination model with women in Essex (including Newark) and Middlesex Counties. In subsequent years, New Jersey will expand Nurse Family Partnership capacity to target first–time mothers in Hudson and Union counties. Additionally, New Jersey will pilot an enhanced model of Parents as Teachers in Cape May County for families with pregnant mothers and children ages zero to five. Efforts will be evaluated through a comprehensive evaluation that includes process, outcome, and cost measures.