- Is there food visible? If the kitchen looks really bare, the family made be food-insecure.
- Is there bedding in the living room? I have had many kids who sleep on the living room couch because they don't have a bed. This might explain why they're often tired at school.
- How do the adults interact? How do the adults interact with the children? How do the children interact?
I often get asked if I make unannounced or scheduled home visits. I do both. If I have a family who doesn't have a car, I might drive out to their house to deliver resources or bring a paper that needs to be signed. If a child misses a lot of school or they are sick and we can't reach anyone, I will make unannounced home visits. Of course, even with scheduled home visits we find no one home when we arrive. To leave a friendly message, I created these door hangers in English and Spanish.
The purpose of home visits is to make a connection with the family. I am careful to follow their norms in their home: take off shoes if they do, accept water or a snack, be polite. It's a blessing to be invited into someone's home and we should honor that.