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2023 Yearbook

Family Connects

Family Connects is a population health model and systems-building strategy with nurse home visits at the center. The model offers newborn and postpartum health assessments via a registered nurse, who systematically assesses family needs, provides supportive guidance, and links families to community resources, as needed and desired. Family Connects identifies and aligns community services that support families and young children, resulting in improved communication and continuity across service providers. Through this alignment, the model also identifies gaps between family needs and available community resources. Family Connects aims to reach at least 60 to 70 percent of families with newborns in each community it serves.

What is the model’s approach to providing home visiting services?

Home visits take place 2 to 3 weeks after birth, offering one to three home visits in total. Family Connects recommends families initiate services before the child is 12 weeks old. Families may enroll until the child is 6 months old.

Family Connects serves all families with newborns.

Who is implementing the model?

Home Visitors

Family Connects was implemented by 108.7 full-time equivalent (FTE) home visitors in 2021. Home visiting providers are Registered Nurses with up-to-date professional licenses, who function within the state’s Nurse Practice Act and are trained to provide newborn, caregiver, and family health and psychosocial assessments. Home visitors are required to maintain a caseload of six to eight new families per week.


Family Connects was implemented by 28.1 FTE supervisors in 2021. The model requires a bachelor’s degree for supervisors; a master’s degree is recommended.

Where is the model implemented?

Family Connects operated in 28 local agencies across 12 states in 2021.


Families Served Through Evidence-Based Home Visiting in 2021

home visits provided
including 8,254 virtual visits
families served


29% Hispanic or Latino

71% Not Hispanic or Latino

Child age

100% <1 year

0% 1-2 years

0% 3-5 years

Child insurance status

58% Public

39% Private

3% None

Primary language

81% English

15% Spanish

4% Another language

Caregiver education

13% No HS diploma

29% HS diploma or GED

23% Some college or training

34% Bachelor's degree or higher

Caregiver age

2% <18 years

26% 18-24 years

29% 25-30 years

43% >30 years

Percentages may not add to 100 due to rounding.