Caring Connection Visitor Program

“Offering home visits to ALL Otter Tail County families with the addition of a newborn”

All parents are offered a visit upon the birth of a new baby. All first time families are offered a series of four home visits to help them prepare for the next stage of the child's development:

  1. Postpartum visit by a Public Health nurse within one week of the child's birth, or within one week of notification of adoption
  2. Transition Visit at 2-6 weeks, by the same Public Health Nurse and the ongoing home visitor
  3. Five Month Visit
  4. Twelve Month Visit

All visits are offered at times convenient to families. Families receiving Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services may receive Caring Connections visits from their ECSE Home Visitor. Families eligible for Head Start may request a Head Start Home Visitor. Families not involved with ECSE or Head Start will be visited by an Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) Home Visitor.

Home visitors are able to provide information and support on the following topics:

  • New mom and baby checks
  • Parenting information
  • Child growth and development
  • Child care arrangements
  • Safety issues regarding the home, car seats/restraints and toy and play equipment
  • Community resources and referrals
  • Scheduled immunizations/child check-ups
  • Language development and literacy
  • Other information and support as requested by parents

There is no cost for visits, although insurance may be billed for OTC Public Health Visits. Families requesting home visits will receive small gifts appropriate for stages of their child's development. Caring Connections is supported by the Otter Tail Family Services Collaborative, a partnership of Otter Tail County, its schools and non-profit agencies that work together to serve families to improve lives.

Every child needs a helping hand. Every family deserves one!

Call us if you would like to serve on our Parents Advisory Board. Call is toll free: 866-226-9986

Find us on the web at: www.otfsc.org/otcaringconnections.org