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The Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting program provides federal dollars for local home visitation programs. One operating in Salt Lake County is the Nurse-Family Partnership. Kami Peterson is a supervisor there. She says home visitations make a difference in young mothers’ lives.

“It mattered to the 15-year-old, who was struggling with her baby and trying to stay in school, to have the nurse’s support to finish high school and become the first person in her family to go to college,” she says.

Andrea Smardon

Jack Brown and his wife Martha of Sandy are 74 years old and well into retirement. The Browns have raised five children and 23 grandchildren.

"I thought we were finished raising children," Jack Brown said.

But on this day, in the offices of Voices for Utah Children, the Browns have two little boys clinging to their arms and legs - 9-year-old Austin and 10-year-old Jordan.

"At an early age - in fact when they began to talk - my wife would call them Honey, and so they started calling her Honey," said Brown, "She's Honey, and I'm Papa."