Intensive family preservation services (IFPS), like family preservation services, are family-focused, community-based crisis intervention services designed to maintain children safely in their homes and prevent the unnecessary separation of families. IFPS are characterized by small caseloads for workers, short duration of services, 24-hour availability of staff, and the provision of services primarily in the family's home or in another environment familiar to the family. They are often offered to families as an alternative to their children's out-of-home placement.
The following resources describe and provide examples of IFPS.
Intensive Family Preservation Services
Explains key program elements of IFPS, including caseload sizes, time, duration, and locations where IFPS services are provided.
Building the Evidence Base for Intensive Family Preservation Services
Schweitzer, Pecora, Nelson, Walters, & Blythe (2015)
Journal of Public Child Welfare, 9(5)
Examines the state of IFPS research in order to determine whether services can be regarded as evidence-based practice instead of promising.
Helping Families Where Parents Misuse Drugs or Alcohol? A Mixed Methods Comparative Evaluation of an Intensive Family Preservation Service
Forrester, Holland, Williams, & Copello (2014)
Child & Family Social Work
Presents the findings from a study that compares the outcomes and experiences of families that received and did not receive IFPS. The article concludes with implications for the field.
Intensive Family Preservation Service Provision Guidelines (PDF - 112 KB)
New South Wales Government Family and Community Services & Policy and Planning Division (2016)
Provides guidelines for providers in New South Wales, Australia, intended to be used with the IFPS model and address entry into the program; assessment; referral; and case management and closure for children, young people, and their families receiving IFPS.
Programs: Homebuilders IFPS
Institute for Family Development
Describes a program that seeks to prevent the unnecessary removal of children from their homes by providing intensive in-home services to improve family functioning and promote safety. The website offers evaluation information and sample program materials.