Healthy Families Program Relies on Home Visitation to Help New Parents

Intensive home visiting services for new parents

This project was the New Jersey implementation of a multi-state effort to replicate the Healthy Families model program, developed in 1985 in Hawaii.

Using intensive home visitation by trained caseworkers, Healthy Families provides supportive services to families at risk for abusive or neglectful behaviors toward children.

Starting in October 1995, The New Jersey initiative sought to build the infrastructure for a statewide system. Leading it was a consortium of public and private providers, administrators and advocates.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Jersey Health Initiatives national program (for more information see Program Results).

Key Results:

  • The initiative grew from two pilot program sites to 16 providers at 22 community locations, serving 673 families as of July 1999.
  • Evaluation data suggested that the initiative was having a positive effect on participants.
  • Project staff have been unable to secure long-term funding for a statewide system of intensive home visitation programs.