The children in the families we serve often have a variety of behavioral and/or emotional problems. Some have been diagnosed with mental illness, some are struggling with school behaviors, some are simply ungovernable, and others are reacting poorly to dysfunctional environment and have just not learned skills that will help them be successful. Many families live at or below poverty level and are struggling to find jobs, housing, clothing, and food for their children, while others face complications from exorbitant circumstances.
All of these families have the common desire to change behaviors, learn new ways of interacting, and to create more peace and harmony in their homes.
A Families First Specialist goes into the family’s home for approximately 8 hours per week, initially. This may vary based on family needs, referral source and concerns, and individual scheduling.
On average, the Specialist is in the home for 10-12 weeks and becomes an ally of the parents and a mentor to the family, teaching proven methods of replacing unwanted behaviors with desirable ones. Parents are taught how to maintain discipline without anger or violence. Accountability, positive social skills, effective communication, and ways to effectively set and maintain boundaries are also taught.
The Specialist uses positive reinforcement, modeling, role playing, and other methods that are designed specifically to instill effective and lasting, parenting and communication skills, while also teaching complementary social skills to the children to help reduce unwanted behaviors.
At the conclusion of the in-home period, the Specialist continues to be a part of the family's life by being available 24 hours a day for the next year. The Specialist also conducts evaluations at regular intervals following the intervention to track success and to identify possible challenges.
Families First is available to the public and fees are determined on a sliding scale basis. Some insurance companies and State agencies also provide coverage. For more information, browse the links above, or contact Wayne Arner at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (801) 272-9980.