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Birth Parent Support Programs to support parents in their task of raising children have been in place for more than a century, with a variety of goals for families and types of services. Parent support programs have a common goal and a shared strategy. The common goal is to improve the lives of children and the shared strategy is to affect children by creating changes in parents’ attitudes, knowledge and/or behavior.
Majority of family support programs serve all families in a community. However, recently, that is to say in the last decade or so, parent support interventions have been increasingly implemented with families whose children are vulnerable to poor developmental outcomes due to poverty or other family risk factors. Birth parent support programs for at-risk families have focused on helping the families to reduce the stresses which threaten the children’s well-being.