Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)

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Scientific Rating:
Well-Supported by Research Evidence
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Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) has been rated by the CEBC in the areas of: Home Visiting Programs for Child Well-Being, Home Visiting Programs for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Teen Pregnancy Services and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Primary) Programs.

Target Population: First-time, low-income mothers (no previous live births)

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 5

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 5

Brief Description

The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program provides home visits by registered nurses to first-time, low-income mothers, beginning during pregnancy and continuing through the child’s second birthday.

Program Goals:

The primary goals of Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) are:

  • To improve pregnancy outcomes by promoting health-related behaviors
  • To improve child health, development and safety by promoting competent care-giving
  • To enhance parent life-course development by promoting pregnancy planning, educational achievement, and employment

The program also has two secondary goals:

  • To enhance families’ material support by providing links with needed health and social services
  • To promote supportive relationships among family and friends

Contact Information

Bill Thorland, PhD
Title: Director of Evaluation and Research
Agency/Affiliation: Nurse-Family Partnership - National Service Office
Phone: (866) 864-5226

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: November 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2008