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.
Collaborative Helping: A Practice Framework for Family-Centered Services (PDF - 170 KB)
Family Process, 48 (1), 2009
Offers a five-step practice framework drawing from appreciative inquiry, motivational interviewing, the signs of safety approach to child protection work, and solution-focused and narrative therapies. The article includes clinical illustrations and sample questions.
The Efficacy of Family Support and Family Preservation Services on Reducing Child Abuse and Neglect: What the Literature Reveals
O'Reilly, Wilkes, Luck, & Jackson
Journal of Child Health Care, 14(1), 2009
Presents a review of the literature on the efficacy of family-centered interventions for child abuse and neglect.
Family-Centered Practice Guide: Engaging, Assessing and Building Strengths With Families (PDF - 552KB)
Minnesota Department of Human Services (2006)
Explains how family-centered practices can be used throughout child welfare work by listing key principles, such as making the family the center of attention; strengthening the capacity of families; engaging families in every part of service delivery; and linking families to comprehensive, culturally relevant, and community-based supports and services.
Family Centered Practice and Child Safety Management (PDF - 75 KB)
Action for Child Protection (2008)
Discusses the need to create safety management partnerships with families so that caseworkers and families have a shared interest in ensuring the safety of the child. The report includes strategies for employing family-centered practices and for building partnerships, as well as tips for handling client resistance.
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 professionals audience.
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Child Welfare Information Gateway
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In-Home Services as Safety Management (PDF - 94 KB)
Action for Child Protection (2009)
Conducts a number of case reviews that highlight common issues child protection agencies face as they revamp their in-home services programs.
Reconstructing Child Welfare Through Participatory and Child-Centered Professional Practice: A Conceptual Approach
D'Cruz & Stagnitti
Child and Family Social Work, 13(2), 2008
Discusses a conceptual framework for research that aims to explore participatory and child-centered professional practice by critically evaluating and developing the practical meanings of "participatory" and "children as citizens" for professional practice.
Preserving Families, Protecting Children: Analysis of Maryland's Efforts to Keep Maltreated Children Out of Foster Care (PDF - 682 KB)
Advocates for Children and Youth
Voices for Maryland's Children, 6(13), 2008
Reports findings on Maryland's case practice of placing fewer children in foster care and provides information on how children and families are doing as a result.
Strengthening Families Through Enhanced In-Home Support in Child Protective Services: Status Update (PDF - 203 KB)
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (2009)
Compares program participants with similar Strengthening Families Through Enhanced In-Home Support services with families receiving other in-home services. The analyses consider a series of foster care entry and recurrence outcomes.
Supporting Your Family through Family Based Safety Services
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (2008)
Discusses Family-Based Safety Services (FBSS) provided to families under investigation for child maltreatment in Texas. This resource also includes tips for parents about FBSS services and the role of the caseworker.
Upside Down Child Protection: Failing to Fund Family-Based Protective Services Forces Kids Into More Expensive Foster Care (PDF - 206 KB)
Center for Public Policy Priorities
Discusses whether family-based protective services are more cost effective then foster care placement in Texas.