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Perinatal, Maternal, Child, & Family Health

The Benton County Perinatal, Maternal, Child, & Family Health Program provides services to pregnant people, young children, and their families through four home visiting programs. A public health nurse with special training will visit you in your home. The nurse can help you find answers to questions about your pregnancy, your child’s health and care, and your family’s well being. There is no charge to you for these services, but the Oregon Health Plan may be billed for some services. Learn more at Oregon Maternal Child Health.

Referrals and more info

To send a referral or for more information, please contact our program specialist:

Phone: (541) 760-1834  Email:

Family Connects

Home visits for newborns and their caregivers

Family Connects provides no-cost visits from registered nurses, available to all families with newborns in Benton County. 

At-home visits allow families to gain access to support and advice from nurses, without the hassle of bundling your baby and preparing yourself for another appointment.

Our goal is to connect you with resources that nurture your whole family and support your child in their first few months.

It’s about planting seeds for the future. Together, we’re growing healthy babies!

Empowering one family at a time

Visits from nurses who care about you and your newborn.

Learn more at Family Connects Oregon

What We Do

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Babies don’t come with an instruction manual, and Family Connects can help fill in the gaps. We are here to ensure you and your baby have a thriving start.

Your first at-home visit is scheduled about 2-3 weeks after birth. The first few days and weeks at home with a new baby can be a challenging time for all families.

Family Connects nurses are trained to answer your questions and connect you with the resources your new family needs.

This can include:

  • postpartum care
  • breastfeeding tips
  • help choosing educational toys
  • finding quality daycare
  • and so much more

We help you build a healthy foundation, taking the vital first steps with you as you settle into life with your newborn. What you are doing is great. We help you by providing reassurance, tools, and advice for successful parenting.

Who We Serve

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Research indicates that more than 90% of families can use some additional support.

Family Connects serves expecting parents and newborns up to 12 weeks old. We help you build a healthy foundation, taking the vital first steps with you as you settle into life with your newborn.

Family Connects is for people who…

Have a newborn

Live in Benton County

Are a parent, foster parent, or caregiver of a newborn under 12 weeks old

No matter if your baby was born in a birthing center, at home, in the hospital, or by any other means of delivery, your baby qualifies to be seen by our nurses. 

This program is offered through the Maternal and Child Public Health Division and is a benefit at no cost to you.

Pregnancy Case Management

The Benton County Maternity Case Management Program provides appropriate health and needs assessment and education.

What we do

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  • Nutritional assessment and counseling related to pregnancy
  • Development of service plan addressing the client’s needs
  • Prenatal and postpartum education

Who we serve

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To find out if you’re eligible, please call 541-766-6376.

Babies First!

Babies First! is a health nurse home visiting program for families with babies and young children up to the age 5. The goal of Babies First! is to help families make sure that their babies are healthy as they grow and learn. 

What we do

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  • Weigh your baby
  • Help with breastfeeding
  • Check to make sure your child is learning and growing, as they should
  • Help you keep your child’s teeth and smile healthy
  • Offer information about what to expect as your child grows and develops
  • Help you build a happy, loving, and fun relationship between you and your child
  • Answer questions about keeping yourself and your child healthy and help you know when to see the doctor
  • Help you recognize what your child is telling you before he/she can talk
  • Help you make your home safe for your child
  • Work with you to solve problems that affect your family’s health
  • Help you get health care and/or apply for the Oregon Health Plan
  • Refer you to other services you might need.

Who we serve

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To find out if you’re eligible, please call 541-766-6376.


The CaCoon Program focus is on the child, birth through age 20, with complex health conditions that results in the need for specialized medical, educational, vocational, and social services, as well as the impact of those needs on the family. The primary service of the program is care coordination. Learn more at the Oregon Center for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs.

What we do

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  • Family and child health assessment
  • Monitoring child health and development
  • Linking families to specialty health care and community resources
  • Support and counseling
  • Advocacy
  • Service coordination and community consultation

Who we serve

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CaCoon services are dependent on diagnosis and open to all income levels. Children who qualify for services include, but not are limited to:

  • Children with congenital conditions such as spina bifida, cleft lip and/or palate and heart defects
  • Children with genetic disorders such as Down Syndrome, Fragile X and PKU
  • Children with conditions resulting from prematurity such as Cerebral Palsy, seizure disorders, and feeding disorders
  • Children and chronic conditions such as asthma and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, autism and ADHD, hearing and vision impairments 

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