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Family Preservation

Family Preservation offers in-home services to families with children who are at risk of being removed from the home due to child abuse and/or neglect.  The purpose of this service is to allow families to remain together when there are not serious safety issues.  One of the major goals of Family Preservation is to empower parents to remain involved and in charge of their family as educators, nurturers, and primary caregivers.

Family Preservation services are designed to achieve the following objectives:

  • Stabilize the crisis that put the child at risk of placement
  • Keep the child, family and community safe by defusing any potential for violence
  • Help families develop the skills, competencies and resources they need to handle future crisis situations more effectively

All participating families have access to crisis/emergency services on a 24/7 basis.

All of the agency’s Family Preservation therapists hold no less than a master’s degree in their fields of specialty, are state-licensed ( or provisionally licensed) or clinically-certified, and have received extensive training in family preservation work.

Family Preservation outcomes

Services We Offer

All of our services are available to families with one or more children 0-17 years of age, who are at risk for out-of-home placement.  Risk factors include, but are not limited to: lack of effective parenting, family disruption/instability, substance abuse, abuse and/or neglect, court/law involvement, low income, developmental disabilities and family violence.

Intensive Family Preservation Program

This type of service is intensive and home-based; therapists meet with families 10 to 20 hours per week for four weeks.  Therapy is focused on helping to resolve the crisis that could result in the child’s imminent removal from the home.

Referral sources/eligibility: Referrals are accepted from DSS .  May be Medicaid accessible; limited slots available at no charge through grant funding.

Less-Intensive Family Preservation Program

This home-based program targets children at risk for current or future role dysfunction that could lead to out-of-home placement. Therapists meet with family members 3 to 5 hours per week; services are offered for three to six months.

Referral sources/eligibility: Referrals are accepted from DSS.  May be Medicaid accessible; limited slots available at no charge through grant funding.

Reunification Services (Together Again)

This type of service is a community-based program that is designed to help reunite families after a child has been placed out of the home.  The purpose of the program is to address the issues that necessitated the out-of-home placement and then assist in providing a smooth and healthy transition for children as they return to their families. 

The program offers services 2 to 4 hours per week in the home with families and can continue up to 15 months (services must end when the child(ren) have been in custody for more than 15 months).  Therapists work with parents/ guardians, foster parents and children during this transition period.

Referral sources/eligibility: Referrals are accepted only from DSS.  May be Medicaid accessible; limited slots available at no charge through grant funding.


DISCLAIMER: The diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders requires trained professionals. The information provided here is to be used for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for seeking professional care for the diagnosis and/or treatment of any mental or psychiatric disorder.