Our Home-Visiting Model is Different

Our Home-Visiting Model is Different 2018-01-19T00:52:20-08:00

Grandmas2Go – Family Coaches is a unique, evidence-based approach to helping families. Our home-visiting services are tailored to the changing needs of the family. Our plans for future growth in 2018/2019 include creating a Spanish language program, taking our program to other communities in Oregon and then creating Affiliate Partners across the country.

Here are some of the things our Grandmas2Go do for families:

  • Help with baby’s laundry and fold baby’s clothes
  • Change diapers
  • Hold and cuddle baby
  • Assist with preparation of healthy, nutritious snacks and meals
  • Feed baby
  • Wash dishes (and baby bottles)
  • Read to baby
  • Sing to baby
  • Calm baby (and parents, too)
  • Read to siblings
  • Play games
  • Sing songs
  • Do nursery rhymes
  • Go with family to the pool, park, playground
  • Accompany the family on errands, appointments
  • Share parenting tips
  • Teach Infant Massage

One caring, capable adult can change a child’s life

Results from the Pew Home-Visiting Campaign concluded that visiting by a nurse or paraprofessional to a newly pregnant woman or new mother has positive benefits not only for the infant and family, but also for the entire community. When interventions happen early enough, children have a much better chance of thriving, especially those at risk for abuse and neglect.

Read the NPR interview with the economist Heckman re: home-visiting.

Improved outcomes from home-visits include:

  • Better bonding and attachment
  • Better nutrition for pregnant mother and baby
  • Early and more involvement by the father
  • Higher breast-feeding results
  • Lower postpartum depression
  • Lower health issues for mother and baby
  • Better preparation for school
  • Fewer behavior problems

Significant economic, social and emotional benefits

Children who have positive early experiences are more likely to stay in school and be productive, get better jobs and higher wages and have stronger social attachments. For society, this means lower crime, teenage pregnancy and welfare dependency.

According to economic analyses done by Harvard University, “for every dollar invested in early childhood programs, a cost savings of $3.78 to $17.07 can be expected.”

“Building healthy children from the beginning costs a fraction of what it costs to repair broken ones.”
– Robin Karr-Morse, Author, Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease

“A Home-Visiting Program can improve short and long-term child and family outcomes, including reducing the number of children in social welfare, mental health and juvenile corrections systems.”
–Pew Home-Visiting Campaign

“It is my belief that grand-parenting is the most important family role of the new century.” – Roma Hanks, PhD
– Dr. Bruce Perry, Expert on Brain Development and Trauma