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TexProtects Publishes "Home Visiting in Texas" Report

TexProtects Publishes "Home Visiting in Texas" Report

August 7, 2017
Contact: Lee Nichols, Communications Director
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Link: Home Visiting in Texas

Dallas, Texas — Today, TexProtects, the Texas Association for the Protection of Children, announced the release of its 2017 Home Visiting in Texas report. The report provides a detailed overview of existing family support Home Visiting resources in Texas, and TexProtects’ vision for expanding Home Visiting to eventually reach at least half of all highest risk families – a percentage that would truly cut into Texas’ child maltreatment epidemic.

The report comes at a critical time for Home Visiting policy. At the end of September, the federal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program is set to expire unless Congress acts soon. If this vital source of funding ends, thousands of Texas families will lose much-needed family support programs. Supporters of MIECHV are not only calling for a five-year reauthorization, but also a gradual expansion in annual funding from $400 million to $800 million, in order to reach more eligible families.

Family support Home Visiting programs are a crucial tool in strengthening vulnerable families and curbing child abuse and neglect. These are evidence-based (or promising-practice) programs. While models differ in methodology, the commonality between all are programs that, at the invitation of an at-risk family, provide a nurse, social worker or other trained professionals to provide mentorship and assistance that supports these families’ efforts to become more resilient and self-sufficient. Such programs have shown evidence in:

• Reducing child abuse and neglect
• Increasing parental self-sufficiency, including gaining employment and finishing school
• Improving school success and early childhood development
• Improving maternal and child health

Home Visiting in Texas provides important information on current capacity for Texas home visiting providers, descriptions of the individual programs available, proven outcomes for these programs, sources of funding, and the recommendations of TexProtects (formulated in cooperation with members of the Texas Home Visiting Consortium and the Protect Our Kids Commission) for next steps in increasing capacity. This report builds upon and updates information from the 2013 TexProtects publication Home Visiting in Texas: Current and Future Directions and a 2015 update.

“Investing in prevention efforts is key in reducing the incidence of maltreatment and improving the lives of children who can grow and thrive,” writes lead author Dana D. Booker, PhD and TexProtects’ Director of Research. “Home visiting programs, such as Nurse-Family Partnership, have shown reduced incidences of child abuse, neglect and infant mortality. The program also increases protective factors and decreases risk factors for the highest-need families by focusing on families as a unit. Currently, we only reach 10% of these families, but the goal is to touch half of the highest-need families by the year 2025.”

“We are extremely grateful to the funders and partners who made this report possible: the Moody Foundation, Alliance for Early Success, Meadows Foundation, Dallas Foundation, Dallas Women’s Foundation, Rees-Jones Foundations, Hoglund Foundation, Amon G. Carter Foundation and Lightner Sams Foundation,” said TexProtects’ CEO Madeline McClure. “Also, we owe deep thanks to the members of the Texas Home Visiting Consortium, who made our data collection possible.”

TexProtects expects Home Visiting in Texas to serve as a valuable resource for all involved with Home Visiting policy: legislators, advocates, providers and journalists.

Home Visiting in Texas may be accessed any time at http://texprotects.org/media/uploads/home_visitng_report_final_2017.pdf

TexProtects, The Texas Association for the Protection of Children, was created to tackle issues of Child Protective Services (CPS) reform, prevention and public awareness to bring a collective, organized voice representing the needs of children at risk of abuse and survivors of child abuse and neglect. The organization is autonomous, nonpartisan and nonpolitical, designed to educate decision makers, private funders and the public at large. To date, it is the only Texas organization that has a dedicated focus on the main issues of protection, prevention, and healing of abused and neglected children. As of 2017, TexProtects is the Texas chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. For more information, please visit www.TexProtects.org.

Posted on August 7, 2017.

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