The Nurse-Family Partnership is a highly refined approach to the long-established service strategy of home visiting. It has been tested, refined and found to be consistently effective in a series of scientifically-controlled studies over a 20-year period. The nurses have three fundamental goals:
Low-income women who are pregnant for the first time are invited to enroll in the program. If they choose to participate, nurse home visitors work intensively with them and their families to help them become confident and skillful in addressing five areas of functioning that can shape parents' abilities to care for themselves and their children. These include: maternal and child physical health, home and neighborhood environment and safety, family and friend support, parents' learning to care for their children and parental efforts to become economically self-sufficient through pregnancy planning, education and employment.
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