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Early Interventions for At-Risk Families:
The project „Nobody Slips through the Cracks“ >>

In Germany it is considered a societal obligation to provide perinatal and post-natal support to mothers/parents who do not have sufficient resources to get their babies off to a good start in life. These families frequently experience multiple problems (e.g., physical, mental, emotional) and find it difficult to accept help from the public sector. The project "Nobody Slips through the Cracks" is a 3 step program that has the goal to approach at-risk families very early on. In step 1, families linked with maternity wards who initiate help during pregnancy are referred to a family midwife. During step 2 these trained family midwives provide support with the goal to increase the basic parental competencies through the psycho-educational program called "Understanding your Baby" and through an individualized home-based early parenting program. After working with a family midwife in the parenting program and the home visits most parents are motivated in the 3rd step to get involved in the governmental post-natal well-checks and other programs for infants. An initial evaluation of the "Nobody Slips through the Cracks" program has shown that significantly more parents who went through steps 1 and 2 take advantage of governmental programs (step 3) than parents who did not participate in the program. The "Nobody Slips through the Cracks" program is currently implemented and researched in three states of the Federal Republic of Germany.

PFIFF: Early Interventions for Families >>

The project “Early Interventions for Families” (“PFIFF” – “Projekt Frühe Interventionen für Familien”) is an accompanying research project of the intervention project ‘Nobody Slips through the Cracks ’.The aim of the controlled intervention study is to explore possible effects after 1 year and follow-ups on parents’ wellbeing, stress coping and sensitivity (measured by the CARE-Index) as well as the baby’s social and emotional growth.

Design, hypotheses and first results see the Poster at the WAIMH Congress 2010, Leipzig. Download

Poster PFIFF