Home visiting is a service delivery strategy that works to improve the health and well-being of children and their families.

How home visiting works

Children's Trust administers the federal investment in home visiting for South Carolina – the Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. We help determine which models to use and where the need is the greatest. We work hand-in hand with our partners guiding them through the technical aspects of delivering evidence-based programs, providing coaching and technical assistance.

The home visiting specialists assist mothers and their young children with a wide range of issues – including health concerns, developmental milestones, safety environment, school preparedness, and economic self-sufficiency – during home visits and pediatric visits. Home visitors generally have a background in nursing, social work, or child development.

Children’s Trust supports four evidence-based home visiting models – Healthy Families America, Nurse-Family Partnership, Parents as Teachers, and Family Check-Up. Many of the program models serve at-risk, low-income mothers.

Home visiting S.C. info and data (PDF)

At work in South Carolina

16

Local implementing agencies

2,575

Children

41

Counties

Strength through collaboration


Children’s Trust convenes the South Carolina Home Visiting Consortium to collaborate and strengthen the infrastructure serving all of the state’s home visiting programs. In addition to the work funded through Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV), a wide array of home visiting programs are at work in South Carolina and are supported through public and private initiatives.

Additional models include

  • Early Head Start
  • Early Steps to School Success
  • Healthy Start
  • Parent-Child Home Program

Home visiting: proven to improve lives

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of children were first time victims of child maltreatment

84%

of parents improved parenting skills

99%

of women had no second pregnancy within 12 months of giving birth

What they’re saying

“At first, I really didn’t think it would be more than just getting some papers and some basic baby information, but it did grow from that. It was way more than that. I actually had a friend. I met (Nurse-Family Partnership nurse home visitor) Debbie (Brush), and she’s been a great friend to me. I was happy to have someone come in and tell me some different things because I was a first-time mother. I was very scared and I needed that encouragement from someone, or that extra guidance, that maybe I didn’t get from people in my family. I needed someone from the outside looking in to give me their opinion, and Debbie did that.”

KYLEIGH LAMB
Young mother who graduated from the NFP program

For more information

Home Visiting website

Children’s Trust administers the federal investment in home visiting for South Carolina – the Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program.

Icelynn Baldwin
Home Visiting Quality Improvement Coordinator
Cathy Ramage
Home Visiting Coordinator
Amber Schrenkel, MSW
Home Visiting Resource Coordinator