Great Circle offers a variety of home visiting programs based on a family’s need and their location in Missouri or eastern Kansas. While the programs operate under various names, they all focus on the same thing – providing services and support that help both children and parents, and strengthen the entire family unit.
With a long history of providing in-home services, Great Circle uses two proven, evidence-based models – Healthy Families America® and Motivational Interviewing – to drive its home visiting efforts.
How Home Visiting Supports Families
“Home visiting” refers to multiple in-home programs from Great Circle.
In Missouri – Since 2013, Great Circle has been funded by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Early Childhood Education and Prevention Services section to provide free, voluntary home visiting for expectant and new parents throughout Missouri.
- Using the Healthy Families America model, Great Circle’s parent educators work with families with children ages 0-36 months to build parenting skills and reduce family stress, as a way to prevent child abuse and neglect.
- Home visiting services are available in all Missouri regions.
Additional Missouri programs – Great Circle offers additional home visiting programs based on region-specific requirements.
- Better Beginnings: For at-risk teen parents and pregnant teens, ages 12-23, who are residents of Greene County. Focus is on pre-natal/infant health, developmental targets and family stability. Click here for more program details.
- Early Assessment and Intervention Services for Outcomes (EAIS-ON): 4-6-month program for at-risk families living in Boone County, with children ages birth-19. Click here for more program details.
- Healthy Families: For at-risk teen parents and pregnant teens, ages 12-23, who are residents of City of St. Louis or St. Louis County. Focus is on pre-natal/infant health, maternal mental health and family stability. Click here for more program details.
- Learn, Grow, Thrive: For families with children ages birth-3 years who are separated due to abuse/neglect allegations and reside in Jackson County. Focus is on improving parenting skills and a goal of family reunification. Click here for more program details.
- Intensive In-Home Services: Short-term, home-based intensive crisis intervention to enable families to remain safely together and avoid out-of-home placement of children whenever possible. Click here for more program details.
In Kansas – Beginning in January 2020, Great Circle is funded by the State of Kansas through a Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) federal grant to provide free home visiting services to families in 16 eastern Kansas counties. Families are referred by Kansas’ Department of Children and Families.
- Using the Healthy Families America model and Motivational Interviewing in conjunction, Great Circle’s parent educators work with families with children ages 0-36 months to build parenting skills and reduce family stress, as a way to prevent child abuse and neglect.
- Residents must live in one of the following counties: Anderson, Atchison, Brown, Chautauqua, Coffee, Doniphan, Douglas, Franklin, Jackson, Linn, Marshall, Nemaha, Osage, Pottawatomie, Wabaunsee and Woodson.
Healthy Families America (HFA): HFA is the national recognized, evidence-based home visiting program of Prevent Child Abuse America®. HFA supports families in the home and focuses on building nurturing, safe and secure relationships between parent and child. In national studies, HFA has demonstrate positsive outcomes for children and families, including:
- Fewer substantiated child abuse/neglect reports and hospitalizations due to child abuse
- Less emotional and physical abuse, and hard discipline
- 49% reduction in child protective services reports
- Increased use of positive parenting practices
Motivational Interviewing (MI): MI is a goal-directed, client-centered counseling style that creates behavioral change by helping clients resolve negative motivations. MI has been used for more than 30 years, can be easily learned by a broad range of providers, and is complementary to other treatment methods. MI is based on five principles:
- Express empathy through reflective listening
- Develop discrepancy between clients' goals/ values and current behavior
- Avoid argument and direct confrontation
- Adjust to client resistance rather than opposing it directly
- Support self-efficacy and optimism
For more information about home visiting programs, click on the links provided or contact Great Circle at 1-844-424-3577.