About

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Mission

To improve the well-being of Guam’s children, birth to 8 years of age, and their families, through evidence-based home visiting services.

 

Project Goals
  • To have positive parent-child bonding/attachment and lasting relationship.
  • To encourage parents to support their child’s health, growth, and development.
  • To strengthen parents’ confidence.
  • To prevent child abuse and neglect.
  • To promote effective communication between parent-child bond.
  • To improve coordination of services with other agencies.

Project Bisita I Familia, a Chamorro phrase that means “to visit the family,” is a home visiting program under the Department of Public Health & Social Services offered to families that live in the northern region of Guam.

Home Visitors provide FREE home visiting services using strategies that:

  • Support women during pregnancy and after birth by promoting the importance of pre-natal care and well-baby check-ups.
  • Help parents with positive parenting skills and provide information about child development, health, and safety.

Project Bisita i Familia uses evidence-based strategies, in alignment with Healthy Families America, that supports pregnant women and families and helps parents of children from birth to age 5 access resources and develop positive parenting skills needed to raise children who are physically, socially and emotionally healthy and ready to learn.

Home Visitors build partnerships with families working together to:

  • Improve overall health and development during pregnancy and after birth.
  • Prevent child injuries, child abuse, neglect, or maltreatment, and reduce emergency department visits.
  • Improve overall early childhood development to ensure school readiness and achievement.
  • Reduce crime, including domestic violence.
  • Improve family economic self-sufficiency.
  • Improve the coordination and referrals for other community resources and supports.

Why is home visiting important?

A baby’s brain starts developing in the mother’s womb and continues to grow at a fast rate after the baby is born, especially during the first three years of a child’s life. Home visiting is important because you can get the support and resources you need to make sure you and your baby are happy and healthy.

Quality, voluntary home visiting leads to increased family financial stability, reduced isolation, reduced child maltreatment, improved school success, graduation, and reduced crime.

Project Bisita I Familia

Temporary Location:
Central Public Health

Permanent Location:
520 W. Santa Monica Avenue
Dededo, Guam 96929
Ph: (671) 735-7104 / (671) 634-7408
Fax: (671) 635-7457