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Home Visiting

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Home Visiting is a voluntary, home-based program offered at no cost to your family.  Our home visitors are well-trained professionals who use a compassionate approach that offers information and support during pregnancy, and empowers you as the parent with skills, tools, and confidence to nurture the healthy growth of your child through the earliest years – a critical time of development.
WHO SHOULD BE REFERRED?
Pregnant women and families with young children.      

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
Once your family has been referred, you will be assigned a home visitor, who will provide caring support and reliable information on the topics that matter most to you about your pregnancy and child’s development. Whether it’s what you can do to strive for a healthy pregnancy; how to soothe your crying baby; how to manage sleep (yours included!); or how to deal with the stresses of parenting; your home visitor is there to help, listen to your concerns, and connect you to community resources based off of your needs. We invest in you to make your own decisions about what is best for you and your child.

BENEFITS OF HOME VISITING
Healthy birth outcomes - Pregnant women who participated in Home Visiting had 48 percent fewer low birth weight babies. Source. 

Increasing children’s school readiness - Children who participated in Home Visiting scored 25 percent higher on first through third grade reading and math achievement tests. Source.




Testimonials

Baby Sady

"One thing I like about Help Me Grow is they help me make sure my daughter is developing correctly. If I have any worries, they are always willing to answer my questions. When my home visitor comes over, they interact with both the baby and myself and give me good ideas on how to make sure my baby growing up happy and healthy. My daughter loves it when they come to play and all the developmental toys that they bring with them. Help Me Grow does a great job. 10/10. Would recommend for any momma."

- Breanna, mom of 18-month-old Sady 
Kiara's daughter Twanna

"I have been in the Help Me Grow [Home Visiting] program with all my four daughters. It has been a great experience, and I have learned so much. I've received advice and healthy tips to be a healthy mom and care for a healthy baby. I would not know the important things I know now. My new baby girl is four months old now, big and healthy. I want all mothers to know that if you ever feel scared to talk to someone, don't hesitate to reach out to Help Me Grow because they are happy to help you with all your pregnancy, baby, family, and mom needs."

- Kiara, mom of four-month-old Twanna
Gina and son

"I love my home visitor. She is one of my favorite people in the world. I love talking to her. We connected immediately. They really encouraged me, and they’re right with me any time I need anything. As far as development goes, if I have any questions, they’re right there. It really does put my mind at ease that I’m doing the right things at this point in life. I would recommend it. One hundred percent!"

- Gina, mom of two-year-old Isaac
Ashley and family

"I enjoyed [Home Visiting], so I think others would, too. Home visitors are very helpful. There's a variety of things they can help with. I've learned about resources for people with low income or single moms. When I need help with my children, [my home visitor] helps with the referrals. She's very nice and outgoing."

- Ashley from Columbus, OH
Athena and family

"We are first-time parents in college and completely clueless as to what we should be looking for our little one! Mallory [our home visitor] is a life saver and never hesitates when I have questions or want to do something!"

- Athena from Ross County, OH