HOME VISITING: Meet Lauren Joseph

Many families in Delaware now have home visitors. Home visiting programs helps new families who are expecting or have an infant at home succeed! Home visitors are the force behind the program. Home visitors have transformed the lives of babies, parents, and families. 

Meet Lauren Joseph of Healthy Families Delaware.

Can you tell us a little about your involvement and/or role with Home Visiting?
I am a nurse home visitor with Healthy Families Delaware for 6 years. I am so proud to be a part of a program to make such a change in our local families that influence our communities. We are helping families overcome their traumas and see their resiliency. We are helping families reach what a successful family looks like to them.

Tell us about the families you serve?
We serve families from single moms, to traditional families of mom/dad to grandmothers raising their grandchildren. Our goal is when all family members are consistently caring for children the same children thrive!

Why do you think families should participate in Home Visiting?
We help educate families on normal child development and connect children early with intervention services if needed. We also help parents through goal planning to see their strengths and celebrate the small victories that lead to large victories!

What does a day look like as a Home Visitor?
I meet with different families with children of different ages. I plan for visits but always become flexible to challenges families are facing and helping them see the strengths that they possess to overcome the challenges.

What is one piece of advice you would like to share with a new parent?
Parents make a different in their child’s brain development and self-worth on day 1. You are not spoiling them. You are preparing them for a successful life! So pick up and hold your baby when they cry!

Share with us why YOU love home visiting!
I am making a difference every day I get to go to work. All home visitors are helping family’s make a generational change that will impact the world.

For more information and to participate in the Delaware Home Visiting program, call 2-1-1 for Help Me Grow or visit https://dethrives.com/home-visiting/help-at-home