Home Visiting – Healthy Families America®


KVC Missouri believes creating loving, nurturing relationships at the start of life is a cornerstone of healthy development. Our home visiting program takes a strength-based, family-centered approach to parent and child education. While we have various programs that provide home visiting, all of our parent educators focus on the same thing – promoting positive parenting, healthy parent-child bonding and sibling relationships, family goal setting and more – all to create a strong foundation for family life, positive child development, healthy interactions and school readiness.

KVC Missouri offers home visiting services in Southeast Missouri based on a family’s needs. We use two proven, evidence-based models – Healthy Families America® and Motivational Interviewing – to drive our home visiting efforts.

How Home Visiting Supports Families

“Home visiting” refers to multiple in-home programs from KVC Missouri.

KVC Missouri receives funding from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide free, voluntary home visiting for expectant and new parents in the Southeast region. Using the Healthy Families America model, KVC’s parent educators work with families with children ages 0 to 36 months to build parenting skills and reduce family stress, as a way to prevent child abuse and neglect.

KVC Missouri also offers Intensive In-Home Services to provide short-term, home-based intensive crisis intervention to enable families to remain safely together and avoid out-of-home placement of children whenever possible. Click here for more program details.

Evidence-Based Models

Healthy Families America (HFA): HFA is the nationally recognized, evidence-based home visiting program of Prevent Child Abuse America®. HFA supports families in the home and focuses on building nurturing, safe and secure relationships between parent and child. In national studies, HFA has demonstrated positive outcomes for children and families, including:

  • Fewer substantiated child abuse/neglect reports and hospitalizations due to child abuse
  • Less emotional and physical abuse, and hard discipline
  • 49% reduction in child protective services reports
  • Increased use of positive parenting practices

Motivational Interviewing (MI): MI is a goal-directed, client-centered counseling style that creates behavioral change by helping clients resolve negative motivations. MI has been used for more than 30 years, can be easily learned by a broad range of providers, and is complementary to other treatment methods. MI is based on five principles:

  • Express empathy through reflective listening
  • Develop discrepancy between clients’ goals/values and current behavior
  • Avoid argument and direct confrontation
  • Adjust to client resistance rather than opposing it directly
  • Support self-efficacy and optimism

For more information about home visiting programs, click on the links provided or contact KVC Missouri at 1-844-424-3577.


Affiliated with Healthy Families America

Sponsors of this Program

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education