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February 2012Vol. 13, No. 1New IFPS Survey Available

Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) are used to support families in crises in which children have been removed or are at-risk of removal from their families because of maltreatment. IFPS programs follow a specific protocol and exist around the country. Recently, the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) released the 2011 IFPS survey report highlighting findings from exemplary programs.

The first IFPS survey was conducted in 1994. In 2007, NFPN published an updated survey highlighting 20 States with strong programs. The 2011 report, while featuring fewer exemplary State programs than the 2007 report, underlines a uniform set of standards for archetypal IFPS programs. The newest report also explains a new way to use the survey's data for safety-related services, examples of less intensive services provided by States, and a directory for resources, training, and technical assistance.

Findings from this survey show that States with exemplary programs are adhering to the recommended components of an intense program, which include:

  • Workers meeting with families within 24 hours
  • Workers being available 24 hours a day, at night and on weekends
  • Workers having limited caseloads (between two and four cases per worker)
  • Workers providing brief lengths of service (4–6 weeks)
  • Workers spending an average of 47 hours of face-to-face time with families

Less intense programs may include workers who have a minimum of four cases, offer services for up to 40 weeks, and spend less than 5 hours of one-on-one time each week with families. The 2011 survey was completed via email by in-home contacts in 44 States.

The 2011 IFPS Nationwide Survey is available on the NFPN website: