HOMEBUILDERS (Birth to Age 5)®
Last updated: July 2011
Evidence of Model Effectiveness
This model does not meet the criteria established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for an “evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model” for the general population or for tribal populations because there are no high- or moderate-rated effectiveness studies of the model.
HOMEBUILDERS is designed for families with children at risk for placement in state-funded care. The program aims to prevent the unnecessary out-of-home placement of children by teaching families problem-solving skills through intensive, in-home crisis intervention, counseling, and life-skills. Five characteristics categorize the services offered through HOMEBUILDERS: (1) intervention at the crisis point (client families are seen within 24 hours of referral); (2) treatment in the natural setting (almost all services take place in the client’s home and community); (3) accessibility and responsiveness (therapists are on call to their clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week); (4) research-based interventions (therapists use research-based interventions, including crisis intervention, motivational interviewing, parent education, skill building, and cognitive/behavioral therapy); and (5) flexibility (services are provided when and where the clients wish and therapists provide a wide range of services based on the clients’ needs). For more information, please read the Model Overview.
Extent of Evidence
Summary of Findings
Please read Describing Effects for more information on these categories. Only results from studies that meet the standards for the high or moderate ratings are included above.
Criteria Established by the Department of Health and Human Services
Please read the HHS Criteria for Evidence-Based Models for more information.