Factsheet | January 1, 2013

Coaching At­-Risk Parents Protects Children

How voluntary home visiting programs help vulnerable parents and protect children from child abuse and child neglect

God desires the best for every family. However, we know that in this imperfect world, many families don’t have the ideal support they need. Tragically, an estimated 679,000 children are confirmed victims of abuse or neglect each year nationwide, including close to 7,400 children in Mississippi. Most abuse, neglect and deaths occur at the hands of parents. The youngest children are the most vulnerable: one­third of child abuse and neglect victims are under the age of four.

Paul writes in the Bible that those of us who are experienced in parenting should coach the younger ones (Titus 4:2­3). This fact sheet shows that a coaching service called voluntary home visiting has shown remarkable success in giving young and inexperienced parents the training and support they need to raise a family, and preventing abuse and neglect before it happens.