Families First in Essex County  

Families First Believes:

  • All families have strengths that should be recognized and appreciated.
  • Every creative effort should be made so that children can remain in their own homes and communities.
  • Parents and professionals need to work together as equal partners.
  • Services need to be flexible and designed to utilize families' strengths and meet their needs.
  • Families that have a child with problems are not "dysfunctional." They are "multi-stressed"
  • Parents have practical experience and insights to offer other parents and service providers.