e-Family Foundations

Mental Health In-home Parent Skill-Based Does Not Currently Meet Criteria

e-Family Foundations (e-FF) is an online and interactive self-study adaptation of the Family Foundations (FF) parenting education program designed for couples expecting their first child. e-FF aims to help couples develop a team approach to caregiving, maintain family bonds, reduce stress, and promote adult and child well-being. In e-FF, couples are defined as any two individuals who plan to care for the child together and can include the parent and another individual such as a grandparent or new romantic partner. Couples participate in e-FF together and typically begin e-FF classes during pregnancy. 


e-FF is delivered online to couples over nine self-paced classes. e-FF includes five classes designed to prepare couples for parenting before the birth of the child and four classes designed to help couples following the birth of the child. Class 1 focuses on orienting the couple to becoming parents, strategies for communicating feelings effectively to each other, and identifying the strengths of the parenting team. Class 2 introduces tools to manage conflict and discusses how emotions affect the child. Class 3 focuses on skills to help couples work as a team, divide labor, and change negative thoughts. Class 4 explains how to have difficult conversations and how to use “I-statements.” Class 5 recaps the prior prenatal classes, discusses the importance of building confidence as a parent, and shares tips for putting the baby to sleep. Class 6, the first class after birth, discusses parent experiences, child temperaments, and the importance of spending time as a couple. Class 7 introduces the concept of secure attachment and explains how to help children feel secure. Class 8 focuses on strategies for teamwork, problem-solving, and changing negative thoughts. Class 9 ends the series by reviewing attachment and security as well as discussing intimacy, teaching, discipline, and the importance of sharing appreciation within the parenting team.  

e-FF does not currently meet criteria to receive a rating because no studies met eligibility criteria for review.

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed: Nov 2023


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Target Population

e-FF is designed for couples expecting their first child. In e-FF, couples are defined as any two individuals who plan to care for the child together and can include the parent and another individual such as a grandparent or new romantic partner.  


e-FF is delivered to couples in nine online, interactive self-study classes. e-FF typically includes five classes before birth and four after birth, but all nine classes can also be delivered after birth. 

Location/Delivery Setting
Recommended Locations/Delivery Settings

e-FF is delivered to couples online through an interactive self-study software program.  

Education, Certifications and Training

e-FF is delivered through an interactive self-study software program and has no training, education, or certification requirements. 

Program or Service Documentation
Book/Manual/Available documentation used for review

Feinberg, M. E. (2021). E-Family Foundations. [Online software]. Family Gold.   

Available languages

e-FF materials are available in English. 

Other supporting materials

About FF 

FF Frequently Asked Questions  

For More Information

Website: https://famfound.net/for-professionals   

Phone: (814) 954-0262 

Email: info@FamFound.net 

Note: The details on Dosage; Location; Education, Certifications, and Training; Other Supporting Materials; and For More Information sections above are provided to website users for informational purposes only. This information is not exhaustive and may be subject to change.

Results of Search and Review Number of Studies Identified and Reviewed for e-Family Foundations
Identified in Search 0
Eligible for Review 0
Rated High 0
Rated Moderate 0
Rated Low 0
Reviewed Only for Risk of Harm 0