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Trained service providers who visit families with young children can reach those who might not otherwise seek out support.

The intimacy of visiting in the home can make parents more comfortable about opening up and identifying their needs. It also helps home visitors to better tailor their support and guidance to the families’ needs. 

From observing the family in their home, home visitors can build on their strengths and can also identify risk factors in the children’s growth and development, such as maternal depression, poor parenting practices, and lack of support. 

Many parents can sometimes feel isolated and home visits from a trained service provider can offer a valuable connection to the outside community and the services available.