Maine Families Home Visiting Program

Maine Families Home Visiting programs throughout Maine offer voluntary parent education and family supports for first time families with children aged prenatal through five years. 
A caring and professional home visitor partners with families to access the information and resources that can support the physical and emotional health of babies and entire families.  Maine Families is grounded in public health evidence and prevention strategies designed to promote child development, positive parenting, enhanced parent-child relationships and to ensure child health and prevent child abuse and neglect.

  • Home Visiting is offered to first time families and expectant teens on a universal basis
  • Home Visiting is offered free of charge
  • Participation is voluntary
  • Visits are strength based and culturally competent
  • The services and frequency of home visits are family driven
  • There are 12 DHHS funded Home Visiting Sites throughout Maine
  • Universal home visiting and the Touchpoints External site disclaimer Approach Training for home visitors is one of the primary initiatives of the Maine Children’s Cabinet External site disclaimer and the Maine Children's Growth Council External site disclaimer.

Goals for Home Visiting

  • Nurturing families and their relationships
  • Promoting positive and effective parenting
  • Encouraging healthy living, considering all aspects of development
  • Providing guidance in creating positive and creative learning environments
  • Protecting children from violence, abuse and neglect
  • Protecting children from preventable illness and injury
  • Providing a connection to the community and needed resources
  • Encouraging family self-sufficiency

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