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Nurse Family Partnership (NFP)®

Meets DHHS criteria for an evidenced based model

Model Overview

Last Updated

June 2011


Theoretical Model

NFP is shaped by human attachment, human ecology, and self-efficacy theories. NFP nurse home visitors use input from parents, nursing experience, nursing practice, and a variety of model-specific resources coupled with the principles of motivational interviewing to promote low-income, first-time mothers’ health during pregnancy, care of their child, and own personal growth and development. Nurse home visitors build on parents’ own interests to attain the model’s goals.


Model Components

NFP includes one-on-one home visits between a registered nurse educated in the NFP model and the client.


Target Population

NFP is designed for first-time, low-income mothers and their children.

NFP requires a client to be enrolled in the program early in her pregnancy and to receive a first home visit no later than the end of the woman’s 28th week of pregnancy. Services are available until the child is 2 years old.


Where to Find Out More

Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office
1900 Grant Street, Suite 400
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: (866) 864-5226
Fax: (303) 327-4260
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