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Prevent Child Abuse

Home Visiting Matters

Supporting families with children during their early years with home visiting services can reduce the economic burden on taxpayers. By improving maternal and child health, increasing child safety and reducing maltreatment, promoting child neurodevelopment and school readiness, and increasing father engagement and family self-sufficiency, we can reduce downstream costs associated with maltreatment and other trauma early in life.

  • The long-term treatment and costs associated with child trauma is exponentially more expensive than supporting families short-term with home visiting.

  • Existing evidence-based programs need increased support to prepare the future generation for success and save taxpayer dollars.

  • Parents are a child’s first teacher. Home visiting programs ensure that children are cognitively and socio-emotionally prepared for pre-K and school.

  • Studies have shown that parents, infants and kids receiving family support through home visiting program are healthier, safer, and more resilient.

  • Home visiting support has been shown to engage fathers more in co-parenting, resulting in more supportive and engaged fathers and long-term family benefits.

Home Visiting as a Child Abuse Prevention Strategy

While home visiting is not a silver bullet and cannot prevent all horrific incidences of child abuse in our state, it is one of the only proven interventions protecting families from child maltreatment. The following outcomes have been seen across a number of programs:

  • 28 to 48% fewer children who are victims of abuse1

  • 44% fewer out-of-home (typically foster care) placements2

  • 26% reduction of children who are re-abused by age six3

  • 35% fewer visits to the ER due to abuse4

Advocate for Expansion 

This legislative session, one of the top priorities for United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is to strengthen investments in proven community-based child abuse prevention programs for children in their most critical neurodevelopment years, so more high-risk families can be served. Creating opportunities for prevention upstream - like H.O.P.E.S. and Nurse-Family Partnership - not only produce the best outcomes for children, families and communities, but also saves the state from downstream costs. 

Legislators will be debating the budget soon, so please tell your legislators TODAY to scale services that provide families with the support to build the resilience needed to thrive despite adversity. 

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