For many families, being pregnant or having a newborn or a young child is both wonderful and challenging. Home visitors can help link you to resources you need and offer encouragement and support, right in your own home. Rhode Island has several voluntary, free, confidential home visiting programs for pregnant women and for parents and caregivers of young children, birth to age three.
We can send trained, caring professionals to visit your family in your home, at a time convenient for you, to address any questions or concerns about your pregnancy, new baby, or young child. One of our First Connections staff may contact your family within a few days after your baby is born to see if you would like a home visit. Other times, a healthcare provider or social service provider, such as WIC, may refer your family to a home visiting program if they think you would benefit from home visits. You can also refer yourself or a family member for a home visit.
We can do home visits in every city and town in Rhode Island. Many of our home visitors speak more than one language. Every pregnant woman and parent with a child up to age three can receive one to three visits from the First Connections home visiting program, and more visits if needed. Some families may also be eligible for the longer-term Healthy Families America, Nurse-Family Partnership, or Parents as Teachers home visiting programs.
Infancy and early childhood are important times in life. We're here to help you and your family during these times. You may have questions about breastfeeding, how much a child should be fed, or home safety. Or you may want to talk about your child's development or get help finding child care. Many families ask questions that they are too nervous or shy to ask their healthcare providers. If you have immediate needs such as housing or heating assistance, we can link you with resources. We can also link families to parenting groups. The length of home visits and what happens during a visit depend on your needs.
If you are interested in receiving a home visit, contact the First Connections provider in your community. You can make a home visiting appointment at any time if you are pregnant or have a child younger than age three. For more detailed information about First Connections, see our frequently asked questions.