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HOME VISITING: Safe Environment, Bright Futures

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Babies absorb what they see and hear around them. From an early age, babies can sense the feelings or moods of their parent. When you argue, your baby can feel the stress. What happens in the home can have an effect on a child’s development. Negative reactions like sadness or anger can cause your baby to have long-term social and emotional problems. Stress in the home can prevent you from providing the best care for your child. It can prevent you from paying attention to your child’s needs.

Safe environments are essential to preventing child abuse and neglect. Did you know that home visiting help to prevent these issues? This voluntary program matches you with a trained professional. Your home visitor will work with you to provide education and support services. Your home visitor will teach you how to handle daily challenges and new stress that come with parenting.  Your home visitor can be with you from pregnancy to your child’s first years. They will help you grow in your role as a parent.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Every child has the right to live in a home, free of stress and traumatic events. We can all work together to make sure Delaware children and families have bright futures. Participate in a home visiting program or share this resource with soon to be parents!

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