Building and supporting healthy relationships is the cornerstone of home visiting practices for many reasons. First, relationships are essential for healthy child development. Second, healthy family relationships contribute to the overall wellbeing of the family system. Finally, the family’s relationship with the home visitor plays a major role in whether or not home visiting is successful (Korfmacher, Green, Spellmann, & Thornburg, 2007). As such, it is important that home visitors in EHS-HBO demonstrate the capacity for understanding, building, and supporting relationships. This chapter will explore the CUPID Competency Building and Supporting Relationships (CUPID, 2017; Roggman et al., 2016b): Competency Engaging in warm and responsive interactions with children, families, and colleagues to foster a positive network of relationships over time. Creating opportunities for the child and families to contribute to reciprocal relationships Knowledge Expanded knowledge of the importance of secure attachment, the centrality of parent–child relationships for children’s development, and the co-constructed nature of family relationships and systems Skills Skills for supporting high-quality and sustained home visitor–family relationships, explaining attachment to parents, guiding parents to establish secure attachment relationships with their children, and facilitating warm, sensitive, responsive, respectful, co-constructed parent–child interactions Attitudes Attitudes that respect the primacy of the family in the child’s development, value the child’s relationships with parents and other family members, and respect parents’ competencies and contributions
See full alignment in Appendix B.