The program has been evaluated by Ivan de la Rosa, Ph.D., School of Social Work, New Mexico State University. The results of those evaluations appear in two peer-reviewed journal articles.
In 2002, the First Born Program was named one of the nation’s 10 Most Innovative and Exemplary Prevention Programs by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) and collaborating agencies.
The RAND Corporation also completed an evaluation of the program and found statistically significant improvements in health outcomes.
It is expected that each community will put its own “spin” on First Born — some adaptation to accommodate differences in each community is to be expected. While adaptations may be justified, changes to the content, duration, frequency, and delivery style of the program may diminish First Born’s effects.
Communities that implement the FBP with fidelity can expect the following outcomes: