Families First

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About This Program

Target Population: Families and referred children who are at-risk as a result of family conflict, lack of parenting skills, child abuse, childhood emotional issues, disruptive behavioral problems including criminal misconduct and other at-risk situations children, parents, and families face.

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 17

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

The Families First program utilizes the Risk, Need, and Responsivity Model for intervention with at-risk youth and families through 3-4 home visits per week totaling 6-10 hours per week, typically lasting 10-12 weeks. Individual responsivity factors are assessed so the worker can tailor the intervention to the youth and family. While the youth’s specific risk factors are targeted, the risk factors related to the home environment (e.g., parental relationships, supervision, structure, discipline, etc.) and the social environment (e.g., peer associations, community involvement, relationships, etc.) are also targeted.

The specific implementation of the Families First program is carried out using a 6-phase model within the framework of the Teaching-Family Model. This treatment approach began in the 1960s at the University of Kansas. Its basis is in cognitive behavioral approaches, social learning theory, modeling, and a strength-based emphasis on actively teaching and role-playing skills that promote positive client and family outcomes.

Program Goals:

The goals of the Families First program are:

  • In home visits and skills will empower parents to be able to effectively intervene with their children using proven effective parenting techniques
  • In home visits that actively teach children, parents, and families prosocial skills will promote long-term sustainable change
  • Family relationships will improve through intensive in-home visits that will help decrease parent-child conflict
  • As a result of the in-home intervention, risk factors associated with at-risk populations will be turned into protective factors

Contact Information

Wayne Arner, LPC
Title: Families First Program Director
Agency/Affiliation: Utah Youth Village
Website: www.youthvillage.org/theme/default/programs/families-first.php
Phone: (801) 308-1052
Fax: (801) 272-9976

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2016

Last CEBC Contact Date: March 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: September 2012