Home visiting programs consistently provide invaluable connections, confidence, and resources for new parents, single parents, parents with disabilities, and others for whom the responsibilities of parenting are particularly challenging. Yet many home visitors receive inadequate compensation and face misconceptions about their role.
The DC Home Visiting Council is working to change that, by engaging home visitors in opportunities to advocate for themselves and their sector. The Home Visiting Council convenes its members, including home visitors, to strengthen the overall home visiting system in the District. Members are working together to increase home visiting salaries, reduce administrative burdens, and address other challenges affecting the workforce so home visitors can focus on supporting and building relationships with families.
“Being part of the DC Home Visiting Council validates what we’re doing as home visitors,” explained Tamara Brooks, a home visitor with Community Family Life Services. “Having the opportunity to share my voice and my experiences with other home visitors, and to advocate for policies that improve working conditions and pay equity, I know I’m part of something bigger than myself and it gives me a sense of purpose in my work. As a member of the Council I know my concerns have value and I have a say in how the Council promotes mental and physical safety for home visitors, and what we can do for home visiting in DC. Because of the Home Visiting Council, when I go into a house to meet with a family, I don’t feel like I’m just going in by myself. I’m part of the home visiting community.”
Together, we can do more. Let’s all lift up Tamara and home visitors like her receive the compensation they deserve and greater support for the important work they do every day.
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