Forum News Service: Minnesota counties to get grants for family home visits

EXCERPT: “The Minnesota Department of Health has announced new grants for nearly one-third of the counties in the state to increase family home visiting. The programs serve at-risk families such as first-time moms and families facing challenges like mental illness, domestic abuse or substance abuse by providing a nurse or other trained professional to provide health and parenting support. Pregnant women and mothers can receive ongoing home visits until the child is 2 to 3 years old. National research has shown that family home visiting programs result in improved health during pregnancy, fewer childhood injuries and improved school readiness. These programs also have a positive effect on reducing child emergency room visits and the number of months a family is on welfare, said the department.” FULLSTORY: