In an effort to provide broader geographic reach with complementary strengths and services, EMQ Children & Family Services merged with FamiliesFirst in 2009 to become EMQ FamiliesFirst. Founded in Davis in 1974, FamiliesFirst began as The Praul Center Residential Treatment Program with two staff members serving three emotionally disturbed boys.
In recognition of the central importance of the family in children’s lives, the agency’s name was changed to FamiliesFirst. For over three decades, FamiliesFirst provided comprehensive treatment programs for troubled youth in Northern and Central California. Primary programs included Foster Care and Adoption, Residential Treatment, Crisis Nursery, Community Based Services, and School Programs.