This Second Edition is a good source for those training to be home visitors, in-service home visitors, supervisors and directors of home visiting programs serving a wide range of families. Recent evaluations of home visiting are summarized and practical suggestions for evaluating local programs are also included. This is an easy to read and essential resource for both beginning and experienced home visitors, trainers, supervisors of home visitors, and directors of home visiting programs.
A Historical Overview
Friendly visitor, district visitor, homemaker, visiting teacher, visiting nurse, family social worker, home visitor, family physician—all have provided care and support to families through visits in the home. Professional and lay workers, paid and volunteer, they have brought to families child care information, emotional support, health care, knowledge of community resources, help in learning to cope with everyday problems and, at times, homemaker services. Although such services currently address a variety of family needs, traditionally most home visit programs were prompted by conditions of poverty, illness, or the need for infant and child care.
In this book, home visiting is defined as the process by which a professional or paraprofessional provides help to a family in their own home. This help ...