An Examination of Intensive Family Preservation Services
Kirk, Raymond S.
Griffith, Diane P.
Buhl, ID: National Family Preservation Network
November 2007, 95 pages
Studies the outcomes of the Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) and Intensive Family Reunification Services (IFRS) programs in seven states to determine the family types and resulting changes for the family after using these services. Data from IFPS programs in Colorado, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Washington were included in this analysis. Although differences in data variables, automation, and definitions were noted, each program followed well-developed IFPS features such as small caseloads, rapid response, 24/7 availability, time-limited services, high levels of face-to-face contact, and provision of concrete (e.g., financial) and clinical services. Aggregate data of family and maltreatment types indicate 93% child placement prevention rates using the IFPS model. Post-intervention assessments reveal positive increases in family functioning, environmental concerns, parental capability, family safety, and child well-being. Even with limited data on race and substance abuse, no indications of IFPS success are linked to racial type or maltreatment type. IFPS programs may be a positive tool to work with families facing substance abuse issues. Family reunification data showed mixed results, although largely positive; sixty-nine percent of families were reunited with their families. Fifty-four percent of these children were living with their biological families and the remaining fifteen percent were living with adoptive parents, relatives, or guardians. Race and maltreatment types were influential variables with African American and family neglect cases having the lowest reunification rates.
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