Term: BabyFirst (now known as Families First)

Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2007-12-11


A targeted, multiyear home visiting program for families with newborns living under conditions of risk. An important program goal is the prevention of outcomes associated with child maltreatment. Supervised by public health nurses, para-professional home visitors promote child health and safety, facilitate parental problem-solving, positive parent-child interaction, and community referrals.

NOTE: In 2003, the screen and the home visiting program changed names from BabyFirst to Families First to better reflect a family-centered approach (Brownell et al., 2012).

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