Family Foundations

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Scientific Rating:
Supported by Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Family Foundations has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Parent Training Programs that Address Child Abuse and Neglect.

Target Population: Expectant mothers and fathers

Brief Description

Family Foundations is a series of classes delivered before and after birth that focuses on supporting couples having a baby. The classes focus on individual parent adjustment (stress, depression, anxiety) and self-regulation; coparenting cooperation and support; and early parenting sensitivity. Variations of Family Foundations exist for other populations (e.g., low-income teen parents, low-income and lower-education adult parents, military families, and parents with a child recently diagnosed with autism), but have not been reviewed by the CEBC.

Program Goals:

The goals of Family Foundations are:

  • Reduced parental stress
  • Reduced parent depression and anxiety
  • Increased parent self-efficacy
  • Enhanced coparental support and cooperation
  • Reduced coparental conflict and undermining
  • Enhanced parental warmth and sensitivity
  • Reduced harsh and physically aggressive parenting
  • Reduced family violence
  • Enhanced child social-emotion competence and academic adjustment
  • Reduced child internalizing and externalizing

Contact Information

Name: Jill Zeruth
Agency/Affiliation: Family Gold

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: February 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2017