Home Visiting Advocates Highlight Positive Outcomes for At-Risk Children with Elected Officials at the Virginia General Assembly
ROANOKE, VA — Home visiting professionals, child abuse prevention advocates and parents from your program name recently met with Sam Rasoul, Member with Virginia House of Delegates, Eleventh District, at the Virginia General Assembly to highlight opportunities for local young children to achieve positive health, social and education outcomes through home visiting programs.
A December 2017 report, Improving Virginia’s Early Childhood Development Programs, from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, stated that home visiting programs are effective but additional statewide funding is required to strengthen existing programs and facilitate their expansion.
Child Health Investment Partnership of Roanoke Valley is a non-government, grassroots organization that changes the lives of underserved children and their families through access to comprehensive health care services and community resources. Child Health Investment Partnership’s programs and services pair a community health nurse and a family case manager with each child. Since Child Health Investment Partnership’s inception in 1988, approximately 25,000 children’s lives have been changed through the organization’s mission.
Last year home visiting programs in Virginia supported more than 9,800 at-risk new and expecting parents, young children and families with more than 75,000 home visits, according to Early Impact Virginia, the statewide organization which supports all home visiting program models.
Actress Jennifer Garner recently authored an editorial segment for CNN on the impact of home visiting programs for at-risk families as part of an effort to highlight the need for federal funding. https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/01/opinions/home-vising-program-is-important-jennifer-garner-opinion/index.html.