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Home Visiting in Arkansas
Free Help for Parents in their Homes

By Kathy Pillow-Price, EdD
Arkansas Home Visiting Network

Young parents often have a lot of questions, especially if they are expecting their first child. Home visitors help families expecting a baby and parents of children under the age of 5 reach their goals of being good parents by giving them help at home.

Here are the answers to a few common questions about home visiting:

Q: What is a home visit?
A: Home visits are regular meetings with helpers trained to help families. Once you are enrolled in a program, a home visitor will come to your home and get to know you. Your home visitor is someone you can talk to, who helps you learn how to be the best parent you can be. They will answer your questions and help with anything that might be worrying you and even connect you to community resources.

Q: How much do home visits cost?
A: Home visits are free!

Q: Who can enroll?
A: It depends on the program. Some programs are only for first-time and pregnant mothers, while other programs serve families until the child is 5 years old. In Arkansas, home visiting is for expectant parents and parents with children 5 years old and under.

Q: What happens on a home visit?
A: Home visits are different for each family. Your home visitor will ask how you are doing and answer any of your questions. They can help you get ready for a baby and teach you how to keep your child happy and healthy. They may bring activities and materials to help build a good relationship between you and your child so you can spend quality time together. Home visitors can also help you learn ways to get your child ready for school.

Q: How often do home visits happen?
A: Depending on your needs and how the program is set up, home visits can happen as often as every week or as little as once a month. Visits usually last about an hour.

Q: Can I quit the program if I don't like it?
A: Yes, the program is completely voluntary, so you can be a part of it for as long as you want. We hope parents will stay and get all the benefits of being enrolled.

Q: How can I find out more information?
A: Visit our website at arhomevisiting.org or call the Arkansas Home Visiting Network at 501-364-5461.