Questions and answers
- What are family support services?
Family support services are community-based services that assist and support parents in their role as caregivers. Family support services promote parental competence and healthy child development by helping parents enhance their strengths and resolve problems that can lead to child maltreatment, developmental delays, and family disruption.
- Who can benefit from family support services?
Family support services provide support and assistance to parents across the service continuum. While they are most often intended for families prior to involvement with formal service systems such as child welfare, these services also may be used to support and assist families who have experienced child maltreatment or family disruption. In addition, family support services may be helpful for families receiving in-home services, for those seeking to reunify with a child who has been in out-of-home care, for kinship families caring for their relative children, and for families formed by adoption.
- What are family preservation services?
Family preservation services are short-term, family-focused, and community-based services designed to help families cope with significant stresses or problems that interfere with their ability to nurture their children. The goal of family preservation services is to maintain children with their families or to reunify them, whenever it can be done safely.
- Who can benefit from family preservation services?
Family preservation services have been used successfully for families at risk of disruption, as well as those seeking to reunify, including families receiving child welfare, juvenile justice, or mental health services.
FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention
National Family Preservation Network
Frequently requested information
Family Preservation and Support Resources
Offers links to available State documents on family preservation and support.
Reasonable Efforts to Preserve or Reunify Families and Achieve Permanency for Children
Family Stabilization Programs
Rates the effectiveness of programs to preserve, support, and stabilize families in crisis or at risk of child removal.
Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) Nationwide Survey 2014 Survey Edition. Celebrating 40 Years: Past, Present, and Future (PDF - 1,387 KB)
Describes exemplary IFPS programs nationwide and offers a directory of resources, training, and technical assistance.
National Parent Helpline®
Parents Anonymous® Inc.
Provides parents and caregivers emotional support and links them to services, if necessary: 1.855.4APARENT (1.855.427.2736).