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Child First

EARLY INTERVENTION TO REDUCE THE IMPACT OF ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES (ACES) AND TOXIC STRESS
PROGRAM BENEFITS

Child First

Child First is a two-generation, home-based intervention that provides mental health support to children ages birth to five now – to prevent children and families from struggling later.

Designed for young children (0-5 years) and their families.

For families facing major adversity due to a range of trauma, stressors.

For residents of Mecklenburg county and surrounding areas.

Provides in-home visits once to twice a week, over a period of 6-12 months. Visits typically last 1-1.5 hours.

Provided free of charge by your child's NC Medicaid health plan.

Voluntary - you can stop services at any time.

SERVING CHILDREN AND THEIR CAREGIVERS

Child First is proven to help families overwhelmed by the behavior & emotions of their young children, parents of children with developmental or learning delays, and families affected by trauma and other stressors. The program works to reduce stress and provide access to needed services in the community.

Family engagement - building trust and respect

Family stabilization - connecting to community resources

Comprehensive Assessment - agreeing a plan of care

Mental Health Consultation in a school/daycare setting

Child-Parent Psychotherapy - healing the damage caused by trauma and adversity, for the child AND parent

Outcomes

68%

DECREASE IN CHILD LANGUAGE PROBLEMS

64%

DECREASE IN MATERNAL DEPRESSION OR MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS

42%

DECREASE IN CHILD AGGRESSIVE AND DEFIANT BEHAVIORS

40%

REDUCTION IN CHILD WELFARE INVOLVEMENT

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