What is the Family First Intensive, In-home Program?
Your alternative to out-of-home placement for behavioral issues
The Family First program is designed for your family to start over with a fresh approach and foundation. We give you tools to take back control of your family and show you how to implement them in YOUR home and in YOUR unique situation. But it is more than a program. It's a toolkit of brain-based skills that you can rely on for every challenging, new season with their child. Always remember: YOU are the best answer for your child's needs.
--Michelle Williams-Alden, LPC (founder of Family First)
The Family First Program
- 2-day parent training (4 hours each day; required) - includes a workbook of skills and how to set up the program in your home.
- 30-90 days of intensive focus on the program - with Michelle guiding you every step of the way
- Continued support - from Michelle and then returned to your agency for wrap-around services as needed
TYPICAL PROGRAM - ID MEDICAID (within driving distance of Boise or Blackfoot, ID) & PRIVATE PAY (Boise area only)
PREWORK: Parents prepare for start by completing posters and the new daily schedule
START DATE: Michelle introduces the program in the home (all members living in the home are present; 2-4 hours and typically in the evening).
FIRST DAY: Michelle spends 4-5 hours in the home in the morning.
SECOND DAY: Michelle spends 4 hours in the home in the evening.
THIRD DAY: Michelle spends 4 hours in the middle of the day.
FIRST & SECOND WEEK: Michelle in the home for 2-4 hours a day when and where needed/difficult times.
THIRD & FOURTH WEEK: Michelle in the home 5-10 hours a week depending on need.
30 - 90 DAYS: 5-10 hours a week (varies per situation).
Returned to agency for counseling and other wrap-around services as needed.
NOTE: hours in the home vary per family and situation
TYPICAL PROGRAM - ID MEDICAID (NOT within driving distance of Boise or Blackfoot, ID) & PRIVATE PAY OPTION
5 days in the home
Day 1 - morning observation; afternoon training and preparation for implementation of program
Day 2 - program starts in the morning; Michelle in home all day
Day 3 - Michelle in home all day
Day 4 - Michelle in home all day
Day 5 - Michelle in home - time TBD
Phone/Text/Email access for crisis situations
Weekly check-ins with Michelle (one-hour calls each week for the duration of the 90 days)
6-Month check-in - a one-hour phone call to make sure things are still at least 80% better
9-Month check-in - a one-hour phone call for ideas to make things even better
12-Month check-in - a one-hour final check-in
The cost for the services listed above is $10,000-12,000 (depending on location).
(Must be paid in full prior to confirming a date. We accept cash, check or credit card payment (a 3.5% convenience fee is charged for credit card).
- Sign up for Family First Parent training (required for the in-home program but also for any parent struggling with their child)
- Receive Michelle’s personal recommendation for your family for next steps
- Experience change
I hated it at first but I have to admit, it’s working and things are really changing.” - from oldest brother in a Family First Family (after just 3 weeks)
The mantras are amazing! But letting go and letting Michelle show us and teach us the new ways to better our family is priceless. All the effort we put in as parents to do as Michelle showed us is worth it for a better family household and family connection. - A Family First Family