Resources for Preserving Families

The mission of the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is to serve as the primary national voice for the preservation of families. In fulfilling our mission, NFPN has conducted research studies on family preservation and has developed over 50 resources to assist those who work with families. Information on the research and resources is available on the website at http://www.nfpn.org.

The field of family preservation has evolved over the past decades through, for example, research findings being translated into best practice, the use of reliable and valid assessment tools to measure family functioning, and the addition of booster/step-down services. Statewide evaluations of Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) and periodic national surveys of IFPS provide data on the components and outcomes of effective intensive services.

In addition to research and resources, NFPN offers training and technical assistance on family preservation and in-home services. In recent years, we have focused more on video and online training. NFPN’s newest offering is video training on substance abuse and in-home services, a timely training in the midst of the opioid epidemic. Highlights of the training include effective therapeutic techniques and an interview with a mother recovering from substance abuse and reunifying with her children.

Here are descriptions and links to a selection of resources offered by NFPN, including the most popular ones:
IFPS ToolKit : Comprehensive guide for the development and maintenance of strong and effective IFPS services http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/ifps-toolkit

IFPS Nationwide Survey (2014): Comparison of high-quality IFPS programs in 12 states http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/2014-ifps-survey

Reunification Model: NFPN’s recommended model for intensive family reunification services http://www.nfpn.org/Portals/0/Documents/ifpspaper.pdf, starting on p. 11.

Continuous Quality Improvement: CQI instrument to ensure ongoing quality of IFPS programs, http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/cqi-ifps-instrument

Video training: Training on substance abuse for in-home services practitioners http://www.nfpn.org/videos/substance-abuse-and-in-home-services

Reliable and valid assessment tools for use with families: http://www.nfpn.org/Portals/0/Documents/assessment_tools_overview.pdf

Please contact NFPN (director@nfpn.org, 888-498-9047) if you need assistance with resources, T/TA, or wish to place an order. Our doors are always open for family preservation!

Posted by Priscilla Martens, Executive Director

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