What is Home Visiting?

Maine Families is a statewide network of community teams serving the needs of pregnant women and parents with newborns. The Maine Families Program understands that all parents want the best for their babies. We are on your side and we come right to your home. No matter what you need to give your family a great start, we are here to help you. If you are expecting a new baby or have a baby less than three months old, let us know how we can help. Coming to your own home at a time that works for you takes the worry away about transportation or time traveling with your child.


Our caring and professional home visitors will partner with you to access the information and resources that can support the physical and emotional health of your baby and entire family.


Maine Families is based on the most current information and approach (evidence-based) that uses parent’s strengths to promote child development and the best possible parent-child relationship.

Maine Families support with parenting is free and just a phone call away. Find Maine Families near you to get started.

Core Beliefs

Early experiences lay the foundation for life. The first years of a child’s life are critical for optimal development and provide the foundation for success in all future experiences.
Soon after conception, the construction of your baby’s brain begins. Like the construction of a home, the building process for your baby’s brain starts with laying the foundation. Your baby’s early experiences and relationships are the building blocks that create the foundation and shape how the brain is built. A strong foundation increases the chances of a bright and healthy future, while a weak foundation can increase the odds of later difficulties with things like learning or health.

  • Parents are the most important teachers their children will ever have.
    (Read more about Parents as Teachers
    )
  • Prevention and early intervention really work. By building on their strengths and addressing their needs early on, families become empowered with knowledge, skills, and confidence to raise children who are healthy, safe, and ready to succeed.
    (Read more about Touchpoints)

Our Purpose


Maine Families purpose is to support::

  • Healthy and happy families with positive emotional and physical well-being
  • Positive and effective parenting
  • Healthy and strong parent-child attachments
  • Positive and creative learning environments for children
  • Self-confidence
  • Self-sufficient families with desired educational success
  • Reduced incidence of child abuse and neglect
  • Reduced family isolation with links to the community

Our Model

Touchpoints

Touchpoints practice guides the work of Maine Families home visitors so that you can discover together the care and support your child needs to be healthy and ready to succeed.

Read more about Touchpoints



Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers is an internationally recognized child development model that assists parents in recognizing that, as a parent, they are their child’s first and most important teacher. Maine Families home visitors are certified parent educators by Parents as Teachers.

Read more about Parents as Teachers

Home Visitors

Maine Families has a team of professionals who believe all parents want the best for their babies. Our team is well educated and up to date on the latest research in early childhood education and parenting needs. Each member of our team has a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in areas such as social work, early childhood development or psychology. They have completed Core Knowledge training and are certified through Parents as Teachers. They participate in 18 hours of additional professional development per year as well as monthly clinical supervision and weekly reflective supervision meetings. They have excellent nonjudgmental and compassionate skills.

Maine Families

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number X10MC29480-01-00 for the Maternal, Infant And Early Childhood Homevisiting Grant Program to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Augusta, Maine, in the amount of $5,992,218.00. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.