Countryside Public Health Department

Family Home Visiting

Expectant parents, parents, or guardians of children five and younger can get in-home coaching with parenting skills and connections to community resources


Family Home Visiting is a voluntary, home-based service ideally delivered prenatally through a child's first few years.

Using information from developmental and risk assessments, a trained home visitor visits the family every week or so and works with the family on goals they have established.

Home visiting uses a multi-generational approach, benefiting pregnant and parenting families with young children through:

  • Helping parents and caregivers develop safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments that support healthy development
  • Connecting families to community services, such as referrals for pregnant women to prenatal care
  • Supporting parents as a child's first teacher
  • Fostering parenting skills that decrease the risk of child abuse

Additional Information

The Nurse-Family Partnership model is provided by Supporting Hands Nurse-Family Partnership Program

Also includes:

  • Expectant Parent classes
  • Breastfeeding classes
  • Nurse Family Partnership
  • Child safety information


  • Evidence-Based Programs
    • Healthy Families America
    • Nurse Family Partnership


Most programs offer services prenatally through children up to age five years. Families who present the greatest need are prioritized to receive visits, including those who may have the following risk factors:

  • Adolescent parents
  • History of child or domestic abuse, or other types of violence including victimization
  • History of homelessness or low resiliency to adversities and environmental stressors
  • Mental health disorders including maternal depression or reduced cognitive function
  • History of alcohol or substance use
  • Insufficient financial resources and economic instability due to employment barrier

Nearly all Family Home Visiting in Minnesota uses an evidence-based home visiting model that vary slightly in audience, eligibility, and focus.

Application Instructions

There is no application process. Families interested in enrolling are connected with trained home visitors.


342 2nd St NW, Ortonville, MN, 56278-1413

Other Locations

Other Services at this Location

  • Child and Teen Checkups Well-child care and screenings for eligible newborns, children and young adults
  • Follow Along Program Program that helps to make sure children are learning and growing appropriately for their age
  • Public Health Clinic Public health departments offer screenings, health education and wellness services


Phone Numbers

  • Primary Contact for this program: 320-839-6135
  • Toll Free: 800-657-3291
  • Toll Free - WIC: 866-277-5587
  • WIC Office: 320-839-2459

Area Served

Big Stone County

Last Update