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Home visiting programs serve high-risk new and expectant parents. Some programs are targeted to teen parents. The goal of the program is to help them learn to effectively parent their child, reduce the rate of subsequent births, improve the health and emotional development of the teen, enhance self sufficiency, and promote healthy growth and development of their children. Services include weekly home visits and peer group meetings on related program topics. IDHS home visiting programs are operated by community-based service providers in communities throughout the state.

IDHS home visiting programs are required to adhere to one of three evidence-based home-visiting models:

  1. Healthy Families Illinois (HFI) – Assists expectant and new parents identified as having a significant risk for child abuse/neglect to reduce that risk through intensive home visiting services.
  2. Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) – Utilizes Nurse Home Visitors to assist low-income first time mothers and their children to improve their health and life-course.
  3. Parents as Teachers (PAT) – Provides information, support and encouragement to parents to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.

There are two funding streams for IDHS home visiting programs. Programs are administered by IDHS or through a subcontract with the Ounce of Prevention Fund.

  1. IDHS / Healthy Families Illinois – Some home visiting programs are sponsored by IDHS itself.
    • These are all Healthy Families Illinois (HFI) programs.
    • The IDHS/HFI programs serve those parents who demonstrate the greatest need. These may be first time teen parents, but the program is not limited to that group.
  2. IDHS / Parents Too Soon – Some home visiting programs are sponsored by the Ounce of Prevention Fund (Ounce)
    • These include programs using all three types of evidence-based home-visiting models: HFI, NFP, and PAT
    • The Ounce-sponsored HFI programs serve exclusively first-time teen parents.

Source for description:

Date for description: June 2011

Note: For additional information on the agency and organization sources of PTS data:

Note: View definitions of data variables related to Parents Too Soon and Healthy Families Illinois:

IDHS, Bureau of Childhood Development, Parents Too Soon (PTS), FY2011, Number of children served, and Number of children served by individual evidence-based home visiting models

The total number of children served by the Parents Too Soon (PTS) program.

Source of data: Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS), Bureau of Childhood Development (formerly Bureau of Child and Adolescent Health); and Ounce of Prevention Fund

Date of data: FY2011

Geographic region: These data are available by state and county.

Note on searchable data: Searchable data in IECAM are reported for: (1) the IDHS/HFI programs; and (2) the PTS programs sponsored by the Ounce that encompass all three evidence-based home visiting models (HFI, NFP, and PAT). Data are reported by county, separated by numbers of children 0, 1, and 2 years of age and children 3, 4, and 5 years of age.

Note on detailed data: For data on the number of children served in each of the home-based visiting models, see IDHS, PTS, Number of children served by county, by home-visiting program, FY2011

Note on children’s location: The data on number of children served are reported for the location of the service, not the residence of the child. For example, if a child lives in Vermilion County, but receives Parents Too Soon services from Champaign County, this service is counted for Champaign County.

Note on IDHS data reporting: IDHS Bureau of Childhood Development reports data on PTS programs in fact sheets for some years (e.g.: 2011 Parents Too Soon Fact Sheet). The data reported by IDHS represents the number of adult participants in the program, not the number of children served.