Home Visiting


Spero Family Services offers a wide range of home visiting services to meet the ever-changing needs of children and families in our community.  Our evidence-based interventions have been proven to be successful at supporting families.  If you or someone you know would like more information about the support and education we offer, please contact us.

Best Beginnings-Nurse Family Partnership

·Nurse Family Partnership is a voluntary, research-based program where highly educated nurses visit women in their homes during their first pregnancy and throughout the first 2 years of their children’s lives. Women who live in Marion & Jefferson Counties, who are of low-income are eligible for this free service. Women may request services as early in the pregnancy as they like, but must be enrolled in the program before the 28th week of pregnancy.

Goals of Nurse Family Partnership

  • Improve pregnancy outcomes by helping women engage in preventive health practices.
  • Improve child health and development.
  • Improve the economic self-sufficiency of the family.

Doula Services

Doula Services are also offered. A Doula is a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and after childbirth.

Parents as Teachers

Parents and Caregivers are matched with trained professionals who make regular personal home visits during a child’s earliest years in life, from prenatal to age 3. Families with low income who live in Jefferson and Marion Counties and are experiencing multiple stressors are eligible for this service.


Goals of Parents as Teachers

  • Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development.
  • Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues.
  • Prevent child abuse and neglect.
  • Increase children’s school readiness and success.

Parents as Teachers is an evidence-based approach at building strong families and communities.

Nurturing Parenting Program

Through this 20-session program, families meet with a Family Intervention Specialist for a minimum of one hour a week, for approximately six months, to learn critical skills. Designed for families who are receiving intact services through the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services or POS Agencies or families (in Jefferson County) who have risk factors for becoming involved in the child welfare system. The ultimate goal of Nurturing Parenting Program is to prevent recidivism in families receiving social services, reduce the rate of juvenile delinquency, and stop the intergenerational cycle of abuse by teaching positive parenting behaviors.

Nurturing Parenting Program is a family-centered initiative designed to build nurturing parenting skills.

This program serves families with children ages birth to 18 who reside in Jefferson, Marion, Clay, Hamilton, Wayne, Crawford, Richland, Lawrence, Fayette, Effingham, and Jasper Counties.

Positive Parenting Program

The overall goal of Spero’s Positive Parenting Program or Triple P is to enhance the knowledge, skills, and confidence of parents to prevent behavioral, emotional, and developmental problems in children and adolescents. A facilitator meets with the family in the home weekly to equip parents with the skills to manage family issues.

Triple P gives parents simple and practical strategies to help them build strong relationships and confidently manage their children’s behavior. 

Triple P serves families with children ages birth to 12, reside in Franklin or Jefferson Counties, and who are receiving intact services through the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services or private agency.

Mental Health/Juvenile Justice

The Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Initiative (MHJJI) facilitates the identification, screening, referral, and case monitoring of juveniles involved with, or at risk of becoming involved with, the juvenile justice system who are identified with a mental health issue. The initiative is aimed at strengthening the linkages among the courts, probation, detention, schools, health care, mental health, and other community-based services. Participants are referred through community partners, including the probation offices within Jefferson and Marion Counties.

The goal is to address whatever issues exist so that they will have no further contact with juvenile justice.

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Although Spero Family Services is a faith-based agency, programs are open and available to anyone fitting the service criteria without discrimination and regardless of faith or denominational background.”