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Risk and Reach

Family Home Visiting

Overall, the Family Home Visiting Program provided through TANF funding reaches 8 percent of the targeted families with children under age 5. Home visiting has been shown to be effective in helping families improve health status; achieve economic self-sufficiency; improve positive parenting; reduce child maltreatment; achieve goals such as child spacing, education, and employment; and establish links to community resources. The Family Home Visiting Program works with families at or below 185 percent of federal poverty guidelines who are experiencing a variety of risk factors.


The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency. States receive block grants to design and operate programs that aim to help families care for children in their own home, promote job preparation, work, and marriage, prevent and reduce out-of-wedlock pregnancies, encourage two-parent families.