Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting

Since 2012, The Planning Council, with support from the Virginia Department of Health, has coordinated Home Visiting Centralized Intake in order to improve access to maternal, infant and childhood home visiting programs. The CI system better coordinates linkages to a variety of services across South Hampton Roads for expecting and new mothers. At the program’s core is a behavioral health screening tool, which quickly identifies pregnant and postpartum women at risk for mental health, substance abuse, smoking and interpersonal violence.  Overall, the program ensures that comprehensive services, benefits programs and a variety of community resources are identified that improve the quality of life for both parents and children.

  • We assist approximately 100 new moms and their families in need each month.
    • In the last year, over 1,400 families were referred to centralized intake. Over 150 enrolled in home visiting services with one of the 15 area programs.

This program offers a variety of healthcare resources to pregnant and postpartum women, as well as connections to other support services.


Pregnant? Caring for young children?  We can help!

  • Do you live in South Hampton Roads or Western Tidewater?
  • Do you want to know about services for you and your child?
  • Are you a parent or an expectant mother who needs someone to talk to?

Get free and confidential information.  Call 757-622-9268 extension 3042 or 3061, or email HVCI@theplanningcouncil.org


Universal Screening

In connection with the Maternal, Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting program expansion, we partnered with area hospitals to implement a Universal Screening to mothers of every newborn, which helps identify potential risks, and links families to appropriate resources.

  • 100% of families receive comprehensive physical and behavioral health screenings.

Maternal and Infant Resources

  • Early Impact Virginia – Find home visiting programs and resources near you.
  • Child Trends – Child Trends is the nation’s leading nonprofit research organization focused exclusively on improving the lives and prospects of children, youth, and their families
  • Postpartum Support Virginia – This site offers information about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including risk factors, symptoms and treatments. Use this site to get the facts about depressions, learn more about anxiety and receive postpartum psychosis help and information.
  • CHIP of Virginia – CHIP works to to ensure that young children living in low income families receive consistent, quality health care prenatally through age six; and to provide a family-centered case management system that fosters health, stability, good parenting, and self-sufficiency.
  • Healthy Families – Prevent Child Abuse Virginia – HFA is a nationally recognized evidence-based home visiting program model designed to work with overburdened families who are at-risk for adverse childhood experiences, including child maltreatment.  It is the primary home visiting model best equipped to work with families who may have histories of trauma, intimate partner violence, mental health and/or substance abuse issues.
  • Parents as Teachers – Parents as Teachers supports the optimal early development, learning and health of young children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers.

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