Evaluation of Family Preservation and Reunification Programs: Final Report - Volume One. 6.4 Services

12/01/2002

Family Preservation is a 12-week program that focuses on the strengths of families. Workers provide about 10 hours per week of direct contact with the family in their home. There is a formal, 6-week case review meeting, attended by DHS staff, private agency staff, and family members. This meeting is seen as an opportunity to review case progress and receive feedback from the family. An additional formal meeting is held at the end of FPS services, attended by the DHS worker, private agency worker, and family members. If aftercare services are required, a DHS FPS "transitional unit" worker and private agency SCOH worker also attend the meeting. About 50 percent of FPS cases close within 12 weeks (i.e., close at DHS). Approximately 15 percent of families have chronic problems that need more attention and in these cases, children may enter placement. About 30 percent of families receive 3-6 months of follow-up services.

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