The home visiting model developed and delivered by Maine Families is designed to promote child and family well-being. Maine Families uses current information regarding child development, health, safety, and nutrition that is based in sound research and practical knowledge of human development and public health. The program supports expectant families and families of newborns statewide. Maine Families’ goals for enrolled children and families include:
- Nurturing families and their relationships
- Promoting positive and effective parenting
- Encouraging healthy living, considering all aspects of development
- Providing guidance in creating positive and creative learning environments
- Protecting children from violence, abuse and neglect
- Protecting children from preventable illness and injury
- Providing connections to needed resources and the community
- Encouraging family self-sufficiency
With this focused agenda, Maine Families is addressing the national public health priorities at the state and local levels while considering the unique needs of families in Maine. Maine Families’ public health approach emphasizes prevention and early intervention while operating in a comprehensive, collaborative, community-based milieu.
Since 2006 Maine Families home visiting program incorporated the Touchpoints approach throughout the Maine home visitation network. We enhanced the existing home visiting infrastructure through training and mentoring in order to create sustainable and viable communities of practice for all child and family serving providers and agencies.
Touchpoints provides the framework for developing a seamless system of care by integrating the work of providers through a common language and approach to better meet the needs of children and families. Touchpoints provides the strategies and skills for providers to truly join the family’s system and to support families by helping them to identify and use their strengths to address their challenges, and to identify and connect with their natural supports.
A partnership of this magnitude truly reflects the commitment of the Children’s Cabinet. It demonstrates a willingness and desire by state government, the Maine community and the Brazelton Touchpoints Center to generate policies and procedures that are evidence-based and truly family-centered, bridging the practice models of home visiting, child welfare, infant mental health and other important early care and education providers.
Maine Families Home Visiting is supported through Maine State general funds and the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau through Affordable Care Act (ACA) Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grants X02MC19424, D89MC23149, and X02MC23108.