Intensive Family Preservation
Intensive Family Preservation Services are provided to families referred from DCS. Identified family strengths are used to ameliorate problems in family functioning and to insure the safety of children residing in the home. The service is provided by a team consisting of a Master’s level counselor and a Family Support Worker. The team meets with the family a minimum of three times per week in their home to work on identified treatment goals. There is an emergency phone number given to all participants during services that will insure families can access assistance from the agency on nights and weekends also.
Is Parenting Skills staff the same as DCS?
No. Parenting Skills Program is a private agency that is contracted by DCS to provide family services. We are committed to independent fair assessment of families. Because of the provisions in our contract, however, we do report to DCS and write a monthly report of each family’s progress on treatment goals as well as details of our visits and services. Intensive Family Preservation Services are not confidential to anyone involved in the case. They are confidential to outside parties.
What will happen if I refuse to participate in Intensive Family Preservation Services after DCS refers me?
If you refuse services, the team will ask you to document your refusal and your case will be returned to DCS. It will be the decision of DCS what will happen next.
What are the benefits of participating in Intensive Family Preservation Services?
The Intensive Family Preservation Program is very successful in enhancing and preserving the integrity of families. IFPS teams know many skills and resources to aid families and children. They work very hard to meet at convenient times for families and keep disruptions to a minimum. More than 95% of participants report great satisfaction with services as well as improved family functioning.
What are the rules of participation in Family Preservation Services?
Families must make themselves and their children available to meet with the team three times a week for a minimum of an hour and work toward meeting treatment goals. The team needs to see every member of the family at least one time per week and be in the home three times per week. Families must also adhere to the agency cancellation/no-show policy which is detailed here:
- A client family is expected to make room in their household schedule to see the team at least three times per week and to keep their appointments with Parenting Skills Program staff.
- Barring an unforeseen documentable emergency, if a client cannot keep his or her appointment, they will be expected to call the agency or staff to cancel within 12 hours of the appointment. Failure to do this will be considered a no-show.
- Once the client has three consecutive no-shows, the assigned team will not schedule any more appointments, but the counselor will compose and send an agency letter to the family asking them to call to schedule an appointment within one week. This letter will also be copied and sent to the DCS family preservation monitor and the DCS investigator.
- If the family does not call within the allotted time period, the case will be closed by Parenting Skills Program and a letter will be sent to the Department of Child Safety informing them of the reason for discontinuing services.
- If the family cancels or no-shows in a sporadic (non-consecutive) way so that the required number of visits are not accomplished, the agency director will send the family a letter detailing the missed appointments and reminding the family of the requirement to meet three times (or two times) per week. A copy of this letter will be sent to the DCS family preservation monitor and the DCS investigator and also placed in the client file.
What kind of services are provided by the Intensive Family Preservation Teams?
- Family counseling
- Problem Solving
- Stress and anger management
- Family activities
- Parenting Skills Training
- Child development information
- Home management
- Housing referrals
- Rent help
- Medical referrals
- Mental health referrals
- Job readiness
- Government aid programs
- Educational help and referral
- Emergency funds
How long do services last?
Services usually last from 90 to 120 days, depending on family need.