by Staff Sgt. E'Lysia A. Wray
49th Wing Public Affairs
10/5/2015 - HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- Holloman
is now one of a few select bases chosen to participate in a one-year
trial for a family support program called The Family Check-Up.
The program went into effect July 13.
"It's an exciting new program," said Jerold Wiley, the outreach manager
of the 49th Wing Family Advocacy. "It's going to help a lot of
The Family Check-Up is a program focused on the support of all the family members.
Wiley starts the check-up with a home visit. Following the visit, he
briefs the family on areas to improve. From there, the family chooses
the areas they want to strengthen.
Every part of this program is meant to re-enforce positive behavior for both parents and children.
"When you have someone from the outside looking in, the families become
more receptive to the feedback," said Wiley. "Because we can do this in
the home, the family is more relaxed."
The program was developed after 30 years of research with thousands of
families from diverse economic and cultural groups. Family Check-Up
program has been proven effective with results in the Journal of
Educational Psychology, the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, and
the Journal of Family Psychology.
These studies showed the program to improve parenting practices, reduce
problem behavior in early and middle childhood as well as adolescence,
and reduce mother's depression in families with toddlers, school-age
children, and adolescence.
"The Family Check-Up is an everyday parenting program for families with
children ages 3 to 17," said Wiley. "I think this program is important
because it is difficult being in the military, and we need to get our
military families all the resources they can get to survive."
The Family Check-Up is one of several programs offered at Holloman to meet families needs.
The Everyday Parenting program is a companion service to the Family
Check-up that outreach managers can provide to parents following a home
visit. Everyday Parenting is a step-by-step process to guide parents in
strengthening positive parenting skills.