Family Preservation and Stabilization Services improve family functioning, increase child and family well-being, ensure child safety, reduce the need for CPS intervention, prevent the separation of children from their families, and ease the transition to reunification following a separation.
Examples: Needed services may include, but are not limited to: educational and literacy services, vocational and employment services, respite care services, legal services, and children’s services (including educational, recreational, social, and therapeutic services that promote children’s physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development).
In an effort to encourage the development of strong and healthy networks that can provide long-term support, the organization helps family members to:
identify current sources of support, including peer support;
develop plans for managing any negative influences in their social support networks; and
consider how they can expand their social support networks, as necessary.
Examples: When the case involves an American Indian or Alaska Native family, implementing this standard may include assisting the child or family in applying for tribal membership when desired and appropriate.
Crisis intervention services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, either directly or through a contracted on-call provider.
If an organization offering intensive family preservation and stabilization services uses an on-call provider when its staff are not available to provide services directly, a contract or service agreement with the on-call provider should: (1) indicate the organization’s approach to service, (2) require experience with family preservation and stabilization services, and (3) provide a means for sharing information about families’ specific issues or any other critical information.
When a program is designed to serve individuals with serious mental health needs, a qualified mental health professional is available to provide services, as needed.
NAThe organization does not operate a program designed to serve individuals with serious mental health needs.