In-Home Family Preservation Services
In-Home Family Preservation represents a continuum of programs available within the local departments of social services. These programs are specifically identified for families in crisis whose children are at risk of out-of-home placement. Family preservation actively seeks to obtain or directly provide the critical services needed to enable the family to remain together in a safe and stable environment. Research has shown that once a child is removed from the home, it can be difficult to reunite the family. Families identified with problems regarding child maltreatment are the customers most often served. Other issues such as domestic violence, homelessness, substance abuse, and mental and physical health are also prevailing conditions and concerns within the family system.
Purpose of Family Preservation Programs
- To promote the safety and wellbeing of children and their families.
- To preserve family unity where children’s safety can be supported.
- To maintain permanency for children.
- To empower families to achieve or sustain independence and self-sufficiency.
Goals of Family Preservation Programs
- To enhance the parents’ ability to create a safe, stable and nurturing home environment that promotes healthy child development.
- To prevent out-of-home placement of children, when safety can be acquired for all family members.
- To provide, refer to, and coordinate services needed to achieve or maintain family safety, stability, independence and unity.
Philosophy of Family Preservation Programs
- Child safety based,
- Family focused,
- Dedicated to work with families as partners,
- Designed to build on family strengths and unity within the context of their culture and community,
- Dedicated to prevent, reduce or eliminate behaviors, environmental barriers, and community conditions, which may place a child, family or community at risk of further maltreatment or dysfunctional practices.
- Primarily provided in the home or community,
- Flexible, based on the changing needs of families and children at various times in their lives,
- Timely, and
- Designed to achieve measurable outcomes, such as reducing the overall numbers of children entering foster care.
Providing Safety for Children
- The local departments’ of social services provide assistance to families with children who have been identified as victims or are vulnerable to numerous forms of maltreatment or conditions that put them at risk of removal from their homes.
- When safety and protection can’t be assured, other arrangements are made for children, with or without the authorization of the caretaker.
- The Department of Human Resources believes that prevention of maltreatment is a shared responsibility. The Social Services Administration and local department’s promote community collaboration by working with community groups and private agencies, and other state administrative offices.
- Risk assessment and safety planning are integral parts of the service agreement with all families served.
Programs Provided by Local Department’s of Social Services
- Services to Families with Children, Intake (SFC-I),
- Services to Families with Children, Continuing (SFC-C),
- Intensive Family Services (IFS),
- Families Now/Family Centered Practice
- Continuing Child Protective Services.
Manageable caseload sizes, access to flexible funds in an effort to sustain the family’s independence, and a team approach are integral parts of In-Home Family Preservation.
Services to Families with Children-Intake
Services to Families with Children-Continuing
Intensive Family Services
Families Now/Family Centered Practice:
Continuing Child Protective Services
Scope of Services
- Counseling (educational, vocational, family planning;
- Medical and psychological evaluations and treatment;
- Skill building in the areas of parenting, age appropriate disciplinary practices, child care, advocacy for support and services, conflict resolution, budgeting, housekeeping, and meal preparation;
- Assistance and support to enhance the likelihood of positive family responsibility and self-sufficiency;
- Housing information and assistance;
- Emergency financial assistance through flex funds or other monetary resources available to the local department or through community partners;
- Parent-aide or in-home aide services;
- Day care assistance;
- Respite care;
- Transportation assistance;
- Assistance with and connection to both formal and informal support systems and resources; and
- Court involvement.