Program will expire in March.
Amanda Haboush-Deloye, director of programs at Prevent Child Abuse Nevada, is part of a coalition of 750 organizations, nonprofits and
elected officials that sent a letter to Congress asking that the program continue as it has for decades. She says research has shown voluntary home visits, usually conducted by nurses and social workers, can prevent serious problems and help with a child’s development.
“If you identify those issues earlier and get early intervention, that’s beneficial for the child and it allows them to get the treatment and the services they need,” she says.
According to Haboush-Deloye, home visits also help ensure children’s medical appointments are kept, that homes are safe as babies begin to explore, and that families receive books and other child-development tools.
There’s a financial payoff for the state as well. Haboush-Deloye points to a RAND Corporation report that found home-visiting programs
saved up to $6.00 for every $1.00 invested.
“For every dollar that goes into home visiting,” she said, “…six dollars [aren’t] needed to be spent on that child on different services, or areas like juvenile justice later on throughout their life.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics, Prevent Child Abuse America, and The Salvation Army are among the national organizations that signed the letter.
On average, funding has been at about $400 million per year.