The Family Support Program

The Family Support Program (FSP) is a free, home visiting program that works with families with children age birth to 11 years to meet the family's goals and needs. A Family Support Specialist visits weekly and is available by phone to answer questions, offer ideas to help you understand your child's behavior, and to provide information on resources for your family. The Family Support Specialist respects your way of doing things, focuses on your strengths and helps you learn new ways to enjoy your children.

Our Family Support Specialists are able to meet with families at times that are good for parents, including evenings. Typically it is a 10-20 week program, with extended support available as needed. It is confidential and free to any family in Durham County, and is available in both English and Spanish.

We offer four evidence-based models:

  • Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC)
  • SafeCare
  • Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

Attachment & Biobehavioral Catch-up

  • Provided in the home one hour per week, for 10 weeks
  • For parents of children ages 6-24 months
  • Focuses on building the bond between parent and child
  • Offers specific ways for parents to meet their infant/toddler's emotional needs, and strategies for building brain development


  • A three-part program provided in the home one hour per week, for 18 weeks
  • For parents of children ages birth to 5 years
  • Health focuses on helping caregivers develop a plan for handling illnesses and injurie
  • Safety helps parents identify and remove items in their home hazardous to young children
  • Parent-Child and Parent-Infant Interaction strengthens the bond between parent and child and teaches strategies to make daily tasks with young children easier

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Project (PCIT)

  • Provided in the home or in our office for one hour per week, for 12-20 weeks
  • For parents of children ages 2 to 11 years
  • Improves parent-child relationships
  • Uses coaching to teach strategies to calmly manage difficult behavior

Triple P


Sometimes things are good overall, but you need a little support in one area. Families who need less intensive support can receive the Triple P Positive Parenting Program.

This is an evidence-based problem solving model that helps parents explore the root of a problem behavior, possible solutions, and supports them as they implement new techniques. Parents can receive four or 10 sessions of Triple P depending on their level of need. The Family Support Specialist serves as a consultant to the parent, exploring a variety of possible positive parenting strategies and helping parents select the one that best fits them. Parents who receive 10 sessions will get more extensive support around generalization and maintenance of the new behaviors. Learn more about Triple P here.

This was a very positive experience for my family and I was able to learn new ways to get my child to listen and do as I ask.
I have enjoyed these classes and feel every parent could benefit from this program.
I am so glad we participated in this program. I think we have developed tools we can draw upon as [our daughter] grows and develops.
It has made me a better parent.

Most Helpful Things I Learned

Better ways to talk to my kids

To be consistent with managing misbehavior and giving praise for behavior we want to see more of

Parenting skills and realizing what we were already doing well

Request Info or Assistance

If you are a parent and would like any of these services for your family, please submit your request below. You may also contact Marcia Brown at (919) 403-8249, ext. 230. Professionals may request referrals forms below as well.