- June 2006
- Vol. 7, No. 5
Effectiveness of Intensive Family Preservation Programs
A comparison of outcomes for 14 programs that used intensive family preservation services (IFPS) found that 4 programs that adhered closely to the Homebuilders® model significantly reduced out-of-home placement and subsequent abuse and neglect. On the other hand, the non-Homebuilders programs produced no significant effect on either outcome.
The Homebuilders program is designed to provide intensive services to families at imminent risk of removal of their children. Families in the program are assigned to a single therapist who has a caseload of no more than two or three families and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for a period of 4 to 6 weeks. The services usually take place in the home and include parenting and other skills to empower the family to solve their problems and provide a safe home environment.
This study, Intensive Family Preservation Programs: Program Fidelity Influences Effectiveness, is available on the Washington State Institute for Public Policy website:
www.wsipp.wa.gov/rptfiles/06-02-3901.pdf (PDF - 44 KB)
An earlier report on this topic was presented in Children's Bureau Express in "Evaluation of Family Preservation and Reunification" (August 2003).