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2023 Yearbook

Team for Infants Exposed to Substance abuse Program

The TIES Program is an intensive home-based partnership with pregnant and postpartum women and their families affected by prenatal alcohol and other drug abuse. Social workers and parent educators work with families to create a jointly designed plan that builds on family strengths to promote overall physical, social, and emotional health. The TIES Program aims to reduce parental alcohol and other drug use; build parenting capacity to support child development; address health and behavioral health care needs of parents and children; and improve access to stable income and safe, affordable housing. Contact Oneta Templeton at for details.

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

Home visits take place once per week. Services are provided until the child turns 2 years old. The TIES Program recommends families initiate services prenatally, but allows for families to enroll until the child is 6 months old. Mothers must be at least 18 years old and have parental or kinship custody to participate.

The TIES Program’s target population includes the following:

  • Families with a history of substance abuse or in need of treatment
  • Children born with prenatal alcohol or other drug exposure

Who is implementing the model?

Home Visitors

The TIES Program was implemented by 8.5 full-time equivalent (FTE) home visitors in 2018. The model requires a master’s degree for family support specialists and a bachelor’s degree for parent resource specialists. The maximum caseload for family support specialists is 10 active families. Parent resource specialists may have no more than 15 active families on their caseloads.


The TIES Program was implemented by one FTE supervisor in 2018. The model requires a master’s degree in social work for supervisors.

Where is the model implemented?

The TIES Program operated in two states in 2018.

Families Served Through Home Visiting in 2018

home visits provided
families served
children served

Caregiver age

11% ≤ 21 years

56% 22-29 years

33% 30-44 years

0% ≥ 45 years

Caregiver education

39% No HS diploma

26% HS diploma or GED

33% Some college or training

1% Bachelor's degree or higher


11% Hispanic or Latino

Household income

100% Low-income status

Child age

43% < 1 year

57% 1-2 years

Primary language

98% English

2% Spanish

Child insurance status

95% Public

2% Private

3% None

Note • Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding. • To protect confidentiality, race and ethnicity categories with 10 or fewer participants were replaced with *. • The TIES Program served a total of 169 children in 2018. Data for 98 index children are described in the demographics.