Dakota County Community Services Division
Family Home Visiting
Expectant parents, parents, or guardians of children five years old 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 on a routine basis and works with the family on goals they have established together.
Home visiting uses a multi-generational approach, benefiting pregnant and parenting families with young children by:
- 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
- Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home-Visiting (MECSH)
Most programs offer services prenatally through children up to five years of age. 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 varies slightly in audience, eligibility, and focus.
There is no application process. Families interested in enrolling are connected with trained home visitors.
1 Mendota Rd W, West St. Paul, MN, 55118
- Primary Contact for this program: 651-554-6115
- Main: 651-554-6600
- Alternate: 651-554-5611
- Public Health: 651-554-6100
8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday
Other Services at this Location
- Adult Mental Health Crisis Response Services Immediate help for people having urgent problems with depression, panic, anxiety, delusions, or other mood or behavior disorders
- Apply for Waiver Programs Accepts applications for Medical Assistance/Medicaid waiver programs
- Children's Mental Health Crisis Response Services (CRS) Professional help 24/7 for children or youth experiencing a mental health crisis to help the child be safe, stay in their home, and get connected to support
- County Programs for Families Apply for county programs that provide financial assistance and supportive resources to families
- County Programs for Food Support Apply for county programs that help pay for food
- County Programs for Income Assistance Apply for county programs that help pay for basic needs
- County Programs for People with Disabilities Apply for county programs that serve people with disabilities
- Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP) Short-term help for low-income families, youth and single adults who are homeless or are about to become homeless
- Follow Along Program Program that helps to make sure children are learning and growing appropriately for their age
- Housing Stabilization Services (HSS) Medical Assistance benefit to help people with disabilities and seniors find and keep housing
- Parent Support Outreach Program (PSOP) A voluntary, early intervention service that focuses on helping expecting and parenting at-risk families thrive.
- Public Health Clinic Public health departments offer screenings, health education and wellness services
- Teen Parent Assistance Helps prepare young parents with classes or other educational programs and support