Presents examples of State and local efforts to develop and implement family preservation services. This page also contains examples of services provided by State and local agencies.
Family Preservation/Alternative Response
SHIELDS for Families
Provides support services to families in south Los Angeles who have an inconclusive child abuse or neglect allegation. The services provided include in-home counseling, family and group therapy, child-focused activities, teaching homemaking, and linkage and referral services.
Family Preservation and Reunification Services
Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (2018)
Presents services in Illinois that support family preservation and reunification, including crisis intervention, counseling, home-based services, parent training, daycare services, and more.
Family Preservation Services
Center for Family Services (2018)
Offers an intensive, in-home crisis intervention program for families in New Jersey to prevent out-of-home placement and promote stabilization and successful reunification. The program strives to keep families together through counseling and support services.
Family Stabilization Programs
California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (2019)
Rates the effectiveness of programs that aim to preserve, support, and stabilize families in crisis or at risk of child removal.
Hello Baby Program to Support Parents of New Babies in Allegheny County
Allegheny County Department of Human Services (2020)
Presents a tiered prevention model designed to strengthen family well-being, safety, and security through the child’s third year of life.
How Does the Parents for Parents Program Help Parents Reunify?
Casey Family Programs (2018)
Examines a program in Washington state that partners parents with a parent mentor who has successfully navigated the dependency system. The program provides outreach at court hearings, an educational class, and ongoing peer support. Strong partnerships with all child welfare system partners, including parents, attorneys, judges, and caseworkers, are required.
Homebuilders - IFPS
Institute for Family Development
Describes key elements of the Homebuilders Program, which include intervening among families in crisis. Therapists are always on-call to provide treatment in a neutral setting, like the client's home, over a four-week period.
How Family Preservation Keep Services Together
KVC Kentucky (2018)
Explains the purpose of family preservation services designed to help families going through crisis and prevent children from having to enter foster care. The website describes types of preservation services and reviews KVC Kentucky's programs.