Family Connects Texas is a free evidence-based, nurse home visiting program for all families with newborns.
If you live in Austin, Travis County, or Bastrop County, a Texas Family Connects nurse can visit you at your home. Texas Family Connects supports parents by linking nurses, community resources, and families. Our mission is to connect you with resources that nurture your whole family and support your child. It’s about planting seeds for the future. Together, we’re growing healthy babies!
What can Family Connects Texas do for you?
Having a new baby affects families in many ways. Family Connects Texas nurses are trained To answer your questions and connect you with the support you need. Here are a few things Family Connects Texas nurses can do for your family:
Give you tips on safe sleep
Help you with baby’s crying
Teach other family members about baby
Tell you about parent support groups
Give you tips to help baby learn
Tell you about family planning options
Plan for visiting the doctor
Check baby’s weight
Check mom’s health
Help with feeding baby
Screen mom for Postpartum Depression
Tell you about child care options
Help plan to go back to work
Give tips on bath time & changing diapers
Babies don't come with an instruction manual,
and Texas Family Connects can fill in the gaps.
The first few days and weeks home with a new baby can be a challenging time for all families, and research indicates that more than 90 percent of families can use some additional support. Texas Family Connects nurses are trained to answer your questions and connect you with the support you need. The program is simple- a registered nurse comes to visit around 3 weeks to check on both mom and baby. There is no cost, and anyone can participate. You can sign up online or over the phone.
The Family Connects model brings together Families, Healthcare Providers and Community Agencies to give babies their best start possible. Research has shown that when families that participate in Family Connects, mothers feel less anxious, parents learn about quality child care options and babies need less emergency care at hospitals. That is good for babies, families and the whole community.
About the Program
The Family Connects model was developed in Durham, North Carolina and was born out of community need. In 2001, the Duke Endowment approached the director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy and challenged them to improve child outcomes and specifically to reduce childhood maltreatment and neglect in Durham. From that charge, the Durham Connects model was developed and it was piloted in 2008 with the goal of creating a replicable and sustainable model to be used in other communities.
The Durham Connects program was studied in two rigorous randomized controlled trials, the results of which have been published in highly-regarded journals including Pediatrics and the American Journal of Public Health. The evidence was clear, a universal nurse-home visiting program has significant impact on several outcomes.
Research shows that 95 percent of all families have needs after the birth of a child. These needs are unique to each family and include. Texas Family Connects bridges the gap between parents and community resources and has been shown to improve family well-being, including reducing emergency medical care for infants and improving parent behavior and child care selection.
The program provides between one and three nurse home visits to every family with a newborn beginning at about three weeks of age, regardless of income or demographic risk. Using a tested screening tool, the nurse measures newborn and maternal health and assesses strengths and needs to link the family to community resources.