In 2011, Triple P International (the dissemination organisation for the Triple P – Positive Parenting Programme) was alerted to the need for evidence-based interventions in LMIC. TPI has a genuine commitment to helping families, no matter where in the world, so began exploring how such support programmes could be introduced, and whether they could bring about sustained change.
Focussing initially on the sub-Saharan Africa, TPI saw a need for positive parenting. But to bring parenting programmes to these countries, and to help promote healthy child development in general, TPI realised a more holistic approach was needed: local workforce capacity would have to be increased and other programmes and services would need to be introduced.
Since then TPI has supported University of Queensland evaluations of Triple P in places such as Nairobi, Kenya and Tshwane, South Africa. With positive outcomes and enthusiastic feedback from local governments and organisations about Triple P, TPI supported the establishment of Families Foundation.
In 2016, Families Foundation was registered as a not-for-profit. A working approach and model were developed which has allowed Families Foundation to expand its support programmes and the scope of work done in partnership with local NGOs. Families Foundation also provides implementation planning and support for other complementary evidence-based programmes and services.