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Supporting & Preserving Families
Selected Supporting & Preserving Families Resources
Families are central to child safety, permanency, and well-being, and all families need support. For families with limited resources, or those facing additional challenges, the need for assistance is even greater. This may include family support services, which refers to a range of supportive services for families with children, or family preservation services, which are more intensive services intended to preserve families that are at risk of disruption while keeping children safe. Family support and family preservation services are part of a continuum of services to support and strengthen families that build upon the principles of family-centered practice. These principles include focusing on families' strengths, engaging families in planning and decision-making, and leveraging community-based services and supports on behalf of families.
This section describes and provides examples of family support and preservation services, including in-home services, and offers resources for managers on family engagement, cultural competence, evaluation, evidence-based practice, funding, and training.
Introduction to family support and preservation
Provides an introduction to the field of family support and preservation services.
Offers information and resources about the role of in-home services in supporting and preserving families.
Family support services
Provides information and resources about family support policy and program approaches; services for specific groups such as young parents, military families, and children and families of prisoners; referral and linkage to resources; and shared family care.
Family preservation services
Describes policy and program approaches to family preservation services and addresses intensive family preservation services.
Resources for managers
Offers tools for managers and administrators of family support and preservation services on engaging families, providing culturally competent services, and evaluating services. Resources also address evidence-based practice, funding, and training.
National Resource Center for In-Home Services
Provides training and technical assistance to States and Tribes to ensure the safety and well-being of children and youth in their homes; prevent their initial placement or reentry into foster care; and preserve, support, and stabilize their families.
FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention
Offers training and technical assistance to federally funded community-based child abuse prevention programs as well as information to the public on child abuse prevention and family support strategies.
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections
Provides training, technical assistance, and information services to State, local, and Tribal child welfare agencies on safety-focused, family-centered, and community-based approaches to meet the needs of children, youth, and families.