Child First Model Intensity and Length

Model

The intensity and length of Child First services vary based on the child’s and family’s needs.

  • Engagement/assessment phase (first month): Home visits are scheduled twice per week for 60 to 90 minutes, and clinicians and care coordinators visit families together. Thereafter, the individual needs of the child and family determine when visits are made, either together or separately.  
  • Intervention phase: Each family is visited weekly, at a minimum. Visits can be more frequent if there is high need, with their intensity determined by the unique needs and goals of the family.

The child’s and family’s needs determine the length of service, which is usually from 6 to 12 months. However, the intervention can be longer if significant challenges exist.