Family Foundations Home Visiting Program

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Home visiting programs are for pregnant women and families with a child under age 5. Generally, home visitors are nurses, social workers, or other professionals. The family and home visitor build a strong working relationship and work together to meet the family’s goals related to child and family well-being.

A trained home visitor comes to the home or another place that the families chooses at a time that works well for the family. At the visits, families learn about:

  • Keeping themselves and their children healthy
  • Helping their children grow and develop
  • Other help available to them in the community

Home visiting programs are voluntary, and the goal is to offer help to women as early as possible during pregnancy and throughout their child's first few years. Some of the visit activities could include:

  • Assisting with accessing quality prenatal care
  • Conducting screenings and assessments
  • Providing health education
  • Connecting the family to valuable community resources
  • Offering strategies for parents to support their child’s development physically, socially, and emotionally
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Please watch this informational webinar about Family Foundations Home Visiting program and learn how DCF has organized and implementing evidence-based home visiting in Wisconsin. 

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Parent Resources

  • The Prevention Board promotes and supports community-based, family-centered approaches to strengthen families’ protective factors that lead to stronger families.
  • Supporting Families Together Association is Wisconsin’s statewide member association for organizations and individuals committed to making every early childhood a great one. They have helpful information for families.

Wisconsin’s Family Foundations Home Visiting Program Models

Wisconsin Family Foundations Home Visiting Program (FFHV) programs are voluntary for families, and use intensive, nationally proven models and strategies. The FFHV Program is funded through a combination of federal and state dollars. FFHV is led by the Department of Children and Families (DCF), in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services/Division of Public Health. DCF funds a portion of the home visiting programs across the state using national models that have proven results.

The following national models are funded in Wisconsin by FFHV:

Home Visiting Professional Development

UW-Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership

Home visiting training and technical assistance is coordinated through the UW-Milwaukee’s Helen Bader School of Social Work - Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership (MCWP). MCWP provides a wide array of professional development opportunities, including a specialized focus on supporting home visitors, their supervisors and program managers.

Training is available statewide and open to all professionals. Professional development training opportunities can be found on the Home Visiting Training Calendar.

Additional resources can be found in the Resource Toolkit for Home Visiting and other Early Childhood Professionals.

Performance Standards, Evaluation, and Continuous Quality Improvement

Performance Standards

The target population for Wisconsin Family Foundations Home Visiting Program (FFHV) is pregnant and post-partum women and their families residing in at-risk communities. Home visiting programs prioritize services to families with:

  • low incomes
  • pregnant women under age 21
  • history of child abuse or neglect
  • history of substance abuse
  • tobacco use in the home
  • low academic achievement
  • children with developmental delays or disabilities
  • family members that are serving or have served in the armed forces


The FFHV Program partners with researchers from the UW-Milwaukee to support program evaluation. One study included investigations about the impact of home visiting services on parent and child outcomes. Other studies have focused on family health, well-being, and service experiences. The information is used to examine factors influencing levels of family participation and engagement to better understand the staff-client relationship. 

Continuous Quality Improvement

Home visiting programs participate in a statewide Continuous Quality Improvement team. The team selects improvement projects and sets shared project goals to promote collaborative learning and the spread of ideas that work. Programs test out improvement ideas at their local sites using plan-do-study-act cycles and report back to the full team each month.

Early Childhood Partnerships

Wisconsin Family Foundations Home Visiting Program (FFHV) works closely with a variety of partners from multiple state agencies, including:

  • Department of Health Services Family Health Section and Birth to Three
  • Department of Public Instruction
  • Office of Children’s Mental Health
  • Wisconsin’s Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board
  • Local home visiting programs
  • Local United Ways
  • Other non-profit agency partners to embed home visiting in robust early childhood systems on the state and local level.

FFHV and home visiting agency staff are involved in a large number of state and local activities related to:

  • Improving maternal and child health
  • Enhancing early childhood education
  • Reducing child abuse and neglect
  • Promoting social emotional development of infants and toddlers
  • Creating opportunities for more meaningful parent engagement in program and policy decision-making.

These efforts all focus on improving care systems for pregnant women and families with young children.

Family Foundations Home Visiting Program Reports

Family Foundations Home Visiting Program Annual Reports highlight the major accomplishments of participating families, funded programs and the state home visiting team within a calendar year.

2020 Home Visiting Needs Assessment

The home visiting needs assessment was completed in 2020 as part of receiving MIECHV funds. Please see the 2020 home visiting needs assessment one-pager for more details.

Contact Information

For questions about the Home Visiting Program, email: