August 11, 2009...10:32 am

Home Visitation Program In Healthcare Bill

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Do you have young children in your home or are you planning on becoming pregnant? Then you may have the government showing up at your door, just to make sure everything is o.k.

Section  440 (page 838):

HOME VISITATION PROGRAMS FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN AND FAMILIES EXPECTING CHILDREN.

(a) PURPOSE.—The purpose of this section is to improve the well-being, health, and development of children by enabling the establishment and expansion of high quality programs providing voluntary home visitation for families with young children and families expecting children.

It’s voluntary so we don’t need to worry – right? It’s for the good of the children, so who could be against this.

(A) in supporting home visitation programs using funds provided under this section, the State shall identify and prioritize serving communities that are in high need of such services, especially communities with a high proportion of low-income families or a high incidence of child maltreatment;

The State is going to identify the needs based on income and evidence of child maltreatment? So, if my neighbor mistreats his kids they’re going to pay me a visit? Just in case it’s contagious.

(C) in supporting home visitation programs using funds provided under this section, the State will promote coordination and collaboration with other home visitation programs (including programs funded under title XIX) and with other child and family services, health services, income supports, and other related assistance;

(D) home visitation programs supported using such funds will, when appropriate, provide referrals to other programs serving children and families;

If the State determines that your family is not within their guidelines, they will be forwarding your information to other agencies.

This is a statement that runs throughout the 1,100 pages and bothers me every time I see it:

(4) OTHER INFORMATION.—Such other information as the Secretary may require.

Kathleen Sebelius will have the power to alter almost every aspect of this bill without any oversight.

But they’re not going to tell us how to raise our children, right? No, of course not. They’re just going to counsel us on the correct way to raise our children.

(1) IN GENERAL.—In this section, the term ‘eligible expenditures’—

(A) means expenditures to provide voluntary home visitation for as many families with young children (under the age of school entry) and families expecting children as practicable, through the implementation or expansion of high quality home visitation programs that—

(i) adhere to clear evidence-based models of home visitation that have demonstrated positive effects on important program-determined child and parenting outcomes, such as reducing abuse and neglect and improving child health and development;

(ii) employ well-trained and competent staff, maintain high quality supervision, provide for ongoing training and professional development, and show strong organizational capacity to implement such a program;

(iii) establish appropriate linkages and referrals to other community resources and supports;

(iv) monitor fidelity of program implementation to ensure that services are delivered according to the specified model; and

(v) provide parents with—

(I) knowledge of age-appropriate child development in cognitive, language, social, emotional, and motor domains (including knowledge of second language acquisition, in the case of English language learners);

(II) knowledge of realistic expectations of age-appropriate child behaviors;

(III) knowledge of health and wellness issues for children and parents;

(IV) modeling, consulting, and coaching on parenting practices;

(V) skills to interact with their child to enhance age-appropriate development;

(VI) skills to recognize and seek help for issues related to health, developmental delays, and social, emotional, and behavioral skills; and

(VII) activities designed to help parents become full partners in the education of their children;

My first thought after reading this – what if I say no – I don’t want your voluntary inspection of my family. What will be the ramifications to the families that choose not to volunteer? Will the State consider this an act of someone with something to hide? Will the next step be for Child Protection Services to be contacted just to make sure our children are o.k.?

I love children, I love my children and as such it is my job to protect their freedoms as well. The government has no place in the family structure and certainly no right to tell anyone how to raise their children. The government does not know my family values or morals and we cannot allow them to try and ‘govern’ what most politicians are sorely lacking. 

Who will decide what is best for your children – you or the government?

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