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.
Future Directions in Home Visiting
We have written Home Visiting because we believe that visiting with people in their homes is one of the most humane and family-centered approaches to service delivery in our society. Home visiting is uniquely supportive of family life, bringing services to families, providing services in a familiar setting, and reducing obstacles to service. It is linked with the community and able to facilitate both coordinated and culturally responsive services. As Minuchin and colleagues (1998) have stated, through home visiting, “the aura of authority that characterizes an official setting is muted and the reality of the family's life environment is acknowledged” (p. 204).
In this chapter, we reflect on some of the major considerations for home visiting in ...