posted on Aug, 19 2009 @ 09:12 AM
reply to post by warrenb
Anyone who is familiar with the home visiting that is listed in Obama's Health Care Reform Bill understands that these programs are designed to help
expectant and new parents learn about caring for their newborn and link to resources in the community. In fact, there are plenty of families who
"voluntarily" decide to be part of these great programs because as many new parents will tell you- you can always use the help. The home visitors
bring information about the child's developmental stages and help you bond with your baby through play and various activities. They come once a week
for an hour and they never dictate anything, but rather, talk to mothers and fathers about sleeping habits of babies, feeding schedules, and anything
else a parent may have a concern about.
The workers are not usually government employees, but rather social workers or trained employees of a non-profit organization who work very hard to
help families learn how to meet the needs of their baby.
There are so many families in this country who have limited/no access to transportation or are very isolated. Not everyone has a priest, a close
friend or even family to help. Not everyone lives where access to services is readily available. Surprisingly (or maybe not), many parents are
illiterate or have low literacy levels so simply "reading a book" may not be feasible. Home visiting programs help bring information to these
families in a way they can understand.
I encourage anyone who feels passionate about this topic, including Chuck Norris and others, to look at www.healthyfamiliesamerica.org for information
on this research- based home visiting program. In fact, I would welcome him to accompany a home visitor on a visit with a new parent and their baby so
he could see one of the programs highlighted in his bill. This program is fantastic and has helped hundreds of thousands of families keep their kids
safe, happy and healthy. I know he is interested in the health and well-being of children in terms of their self-esteem. Research shows that
self-esteem develops as early as during the infant/toddler years so helping to establish those positive parent-child interactions at an early age will
build on the front end of the organization he has established for children.
It is not about dictating a way of parenting- it is about educating families on caring for a child- because not everyone knows what to do. Education
is one way to prevent child abuse and neglect which I think most would agree is much needed in our country.