In-home services are family-focused, community-based crisis intervention services designed to maintain children safely in their homes and prevent the separation of families . Based on an investigation/assessment, in-home services may be offered to families to improve safety and prevent the need for out-of-home care. Resources include State and local examples.
Evidence-Based Elements of Child Welfare In-Home Services
D’Aunno, Boel-Studt, and Landsman (2014)
Journal of Family Strengths, 14(1)
Identifies the elements of in-home services and provides five models to show how to implement them in existing family centered practice.
Family Preservation and Support Manuals for Professionals
State Guides and Manuals Search
Offers State-specific information about family preservation. This information can be found by selecting the State of interest, the family preservation and support topic, and the professional audience.
National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice
Provides issue briefs, articles, curricula, and links to webinars on a range of specific in-home services topics.
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Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Working With Children and Youth With Complex Clinical Needs: Strategies in the Safe Reduction of Congregate Care
Capacity Building Center for States (2017)
Discusses methods for reducing the number of children and youth in congregate care, including the development of infrastructure to support in-home service delivery. A login is required to access this information.
CPS in Home Services
Wake County Department of Human Services
Explains the process of in-home services in cases where child maltreatment has been substantiated in Wake County, North Carolina.
In-Home Safety Services Worker Information
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
Discusses the primary goals of the Wisconsin In-Home Safety Services Program and provides financial and program documents to support caseworkers.
Maryland Department of Human Resources
Provides an overview of consolidated in-home services referred to families involved in child protection cases in Maryland.
In-Home Services Comparison Tool (Word - 48 KB)
Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (2016)
Compiles numerous services provided to at-risk families in their homes, including those addressing parenting, early childhood and child development, intensive family preservation, prevention, reunification services, and more. Descriptions address target population, referral criteria, response time, duration of services, and follow-up.
Intensive Family Preservation Service and Intensive Family Reunification Services
Institute for Family Development (2018)
Describes the HOMEBUILDERS program, which provides in-home crisis services in several States, and the QUEST system, a continuous quality improvement system.