EdNC: Home visiting without home visiting: Programs adapt and support families — but with limited reach

Julie Smith, a licensed counselor for Child First, an intensive home visiting program that provides mental health support to young children in eastern North Carolina, calls the COVID-19 pandemic “a recipe for disaster” for her clients.

Smith says the closure of the services families rely on — as well as stress from financial hardship and social isolation — has left children and their caregivers in unstable and unsafe conditions.

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