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Implementing Family Check-Up® For Children

Meets DHHS criteria for an evidenced based model

Prerequisites for Implementation

Last Updated

April 2017


Type of Implementing Agency

FCU for Children is typically implemented by community mental or behavioral health agencies. Providers from other settings such as pediatric primary care and public schools can also implement FCU for Children.


Staffing Requirements

An FCU provider visits families in their homes to conduct the interview, assessment, and feedback sessions and deliver the Everyday Parenting program. If additional services are required, the provider refers families to community resources. Sites are encouraged to have at least one provider certified as a trainer and supervisor to promote model sustainability.


Staff Education and Experience

Although it is recommended that FCU providers have a master’s degree in counseling, social work, education, or a related field and previous experience delivering family-based interventions, FCU can be delivered by paraprofessionals. With training and support, people who have a bachelor’s or associate’s degree can become certified FCU providers.


Supervision Requirements

An 8:1 ratio of providers to consultants/supervisors is recommended. Please note that consultation primarily involves assessing providers’ fidelity to the model and providing feedback and may differ from staff supervision.

Following training, FCU recommends that providers pursue certification. Certification requires participation in group or individualized consultation/supervision, which involves viewing videotaped implementation of both FCU and Everyday Parenting using the COACH implementation and supervision tool. Newly trained providers typically participate in 25 to 30 hours of consultation/supervision within the first year of implementation.


Staff Ratio Requirements

Staff ratio requirements are not specified.


Data Systems/Technology Requirements

FCU recommends that implementing agencies have high-speed Internet access to upload videos of intervention sessions to a secure Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)-compliant video portal for review by an FCU consultant for use in individual consultation.

The FCU Tracking and Support System is an online HIPAA-compliant data collection system that can be tailored to an individual site’s needs. Users enter implementation, client outcome, and other quality assurance data. Consultants’ data are linked to providers’ and clients’ data, to monitor linkages between implementation and client outcomes. This system includes reporting and feedback functions to facilitate implementation monitoring and quality assurance.



The information contained on this page was last updated in April 2017. Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by the REACH Institute at Arizona State University on January 18, 2017. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.