Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) Program [Webpage].
United States Administration for Children and Families. Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE).
Published: Constantly updated
This webpage describes the Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) program, a voluntary home visiting program designed to prevent child maltreatment, improve family functioning, facilitate positive pregnancy and child health outcomes, and maximize child growth and development. The program targets first-time pregnant mothers or parents with children up to 3 months old, who have multiple challenges and burdens, such as single parenthood, low income, substance abuse problems, or being victims of abuse or domestic violence. A trained paraprofessional or professional home visitor conducts prenatal and postnatal home visits with parents and provides parenting information, problem solving techniques, parenting skill development, and addresses basic needs. A review of 14 studies of HANDS found only four were eligible for review, two had received a low rating, and two were considered to be additional source with overlap with other studies. It is concluded that this program model does not meet the Department of Health and Human Services' criteria for an evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model. This webpage includes more information about the program including: Program Model Overview, Implementation in Brief, Study Characteristics, Effects Shown in Research, Study Ratings, and References. (Author abstract modified)
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