Minding the Baby
Minding the Baby supports reflective parenting, secure attachment, maternal and child health, mental health, and self-efficacy using an interdisciplinary approach with first-time young mothers and their families. The model pairs a social worker and nurse practitioner to support a family’s development together.
What is the model’s approach to providing home visiting services?
Home visits take place weekly until the child turns 1 year old, then every other week until the child turns 2 years old. The frequency may vary based on a family’s level of need or in times of crisis. Services are provided for 27 months (prenatally until the child is 2 years old). Minding the Baby requires families to initiate services prenatally.
Minding the Baby’s service population includes the following:
- Expectant caregivers
- Families with low incomes
- First-time caregivers
- Caregivers under 21 years old
- Families with a history of child abuse or neglect/involvement with child welfare system
Who is implementing the model?
The model recommends a master’s degree for home visitors. The maximum caseload requirement for home visitors is 25 families.
The model requires a master’s degree for supervisors; a doctoral degree is recommended.
Where is the model implemented?
Minding the Baby operated in 2 local agencies in 1 state in 2021. Minding the Baby also operated outside the United States and its territories in Denmark in 2021.