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Family Check-Up® For Children

Meets DHHS criteria for an evidenced based model

Model Overview

Last Updated

April 2017


Theoretical Model

Family Check-Up (FCU) for Children is a strengths-based, family-centered intervention designed to support parents’ efforts to promote children’s competence, mental health, and risk-reduction. The model is tailored to address the specific needs of each family and can be integrated into a variety of service settings, including home visiting.


Model Components

FCU has two phases. The first is composed of three sessions that occur within the home and involve an interview, assessment, and feedback. Providers may refer families to additional community services as indicated. In the second phase, providers deliver the Everyday Parenting family management training program to families in the home. Everyday Parenting provides a basis for more intensive parenting support and is designed to enhance parents’ skills in positive behavior support, healthy limit-setting, and relationship-building. The FCU health maintenance model involves yearly check-ups, which offer providers the opportunity to track family and child behaviors over time and continue to motivate families to change persistent areas of difficulty.


Target Population

The target population for this model is families with risk factors including socioeconomic disadvantage, maternal depression, family and child risk factors for child conduct problems, and academic failure.

Families with children ages 2 to 17 years are eligible for the FCU. The FCU for Children is appropriate for families with children ages 2 to 5. For the purpose of the HomVEE review, only studies of sites that used home visiting as the primary service delivery method and that included families with children 2 to 5 years of age were included.


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