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Home Visits: A Powerful Weapon Against Child Abuse

Every new mother has so many questions: Is my baby growing well? Is she reaching her developmental milestones? Why does she cry so much and what can I do about it?

To get answers, moms can turn to one other for advice or save up their questions for the next pediatrician visit, which could be months away.


The home visitation model, popular in Europe, is hardly a staple of new motherhood in the U.S. But research has found that home visits not only help moms feel more confident and better supported, but they also reduce the incidence of preterm birth, infant mortality and child abuse and help children do better in school. “We think of it as a way to reach families,” says Libby Doggett, director of the Pew Home Visiting Campaign at the Pew Center on the States. “The best home visiting programs can return nearly $6 for every $1 spent on home visitation through better birth outcomes, fewer children dying and kids who are less likely to get into trouble with the law.”

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