HOW IT WORKS
A Families First Specialist goes into the home of a referred family initially for approximately 6-10 hours a week, decreasing in intensity after behaviors stabilize and progress is made. Visits can occur with the entire family or individual family members based on needs and focus of the specific visit. The Specialist becomes an ally to the youth and parents, teaching proven methods of effective discipline and accepting consequences without anger or violence. Positive communication skills are also taught, as is the need to effectively set and maintain boundaries. Typical interventions last approximately 12 weeks.
The Specialist uses positive reinforcement, modeling, roleplaying, and other methods that are designed specifically to teach youth and parents lasting skills to stabilize the home.