Frequently Asked Questions
Family Foundations is an interactive, and varied experience. The in-person class series is meant to get you to engage—with the materials, the tools and exercises, with each other, and with other expecting and new parents. In the online self-study version offered here, you will also engage: Narrators present some information, but there are video vignettes of other families, online exercises, skill building exercises with your partner, questions for you to briefly discuss, and “homework” between the Steps to practice strategies and refine your ability to care for yourself, your partner, and your child. The material–the strategies and tools and perspectives–are offered in a flexible framework so that you can take what works for you and adapt it to fit your unique family situation.
All families are different, but there is strong evidence to show that Family Foundations works for a wide range of families.
Benefits of the program have been assessed in different randomized trials at different ages. In the longest-running trial, benefits were assessed several times between the time children were 6 months-old and 7 years-old. Positive results were found at each point in time.
Unlike most programs, books, or other materials available for you to use at home, the Family Foundations program has been researched and proven to actually benefit children and families. The program is split into two parts: The prenatal part will give you an opportunity to learn about and practice tools and strategies before your baby arrives. The postnatal part will sharpen and extend your skills as you put them into practice.
Your enrollment will be active for one year.
Family Foundations is designed for couples to do together. If you are not in a romantic relationship, but plan to raise your child with the support of someone else–the other parent, a new romantic partner, your own mother or father–the two of you can use this program and benefit from it. You do not need to be living together, married, or in a relationship. The more closely you intend to work together in parenting and childrearing, the more benefit you will derive from the program. And, if another adult steps into the parenting role with you at some point in the future–a new partner or friend–you will have developed a foundation of understanding and skills for working closely and supportively together that you can share with the other person.
Yes, if you have just had a baby, Family Foundations is very relevant. If you have had a child or children for a few years now, some of the material about becoming a parent may not be new to you. Still,you may come to understand your experience in a new way. And more importantly, the sets of skills and tools in Family Foundations can be used by any parent. In the future, we will offer a version of the program for parents who already have children. But, for now, you are welcome to use this version if you have children with the understanding that some of the material about becoming parents and infancy may not be highly relevant.