Twelve months after their families received the Child First (Child and Family Interagency, Resource, Support, and Training) intervention, children showed significant improvement in social-emotional and behavioral areas.
Child First is a family intervention focused on preventing mental health problems in mothers and young children. Child First integrates systems of care, psychotherapeutic strategies, and home visitations. The participation of all active caregivers in a child’s life creates a network of support for the primary parent. Child First assigns a clinical team to each family. The intervention’s goal is to foster sensitive, responsive and secure parent-child relationships.
This article discusses the first randomized controlled trial of Child First. Recruitment occurred at two sites in impoverished, inner city Bridgeport, Connecticut.