2020 Annual Report

The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) annual report describes NFPN’s mission and governing structure, major projects during the year and funding information. A financial report is included.

Mission and Governance

NFPN’s mission is to serve as the primary voice for the preservation of families. This is achieved through initiatives in the areas of Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS), Intensive Family Reunification Services (IFRS) and father-involvement.

At the beginning of 2020, NFPN had seven members on the board of directors. During the year, two more board members were added. At the end of the year, one board member’s term expired, so the current number of board members is eight. The board conducted its work and oversight through six bi-monthly video conferences and ad-hoc committee conference calls. In addition to board-related work, the board members donated their time and expertise by providing training and consultation.

NFPN voluntarily meets standards established by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance National Standards for Charity Accountability. An annual financial review is performed by an outside auditor. The board members and executive director sign an annual declaration regarding conflict of interest and non-compete policies.

Assessment Tools

NFPN provides tools with training packages for use by practitioners, including the North Carolina Family Assessment Scales (NCFAS) and Trauma/Well-Being scales (T/WB), plus father involvement curricula. In the past seven years, these tools and training packages have been purchased by more than 950 agencies in the United States and over 20 other countries.   

During the past year, 60+ agencies purchased one or more assessment tools and training packages for 1,155 workers. In turn, these workers will use the tools with over 23,100 families.  More than a third of agencies purchasing assessment tools were from countries outside the U.S. 

There has been increasing use of the web database for the assessment tools provided by Integrated Imaging. In 2020, NFPN also contracted with Community Data Solutions in Australia to provide a web database for agencies there. NFPN receives a percentage of the annual customer fees paid to these companies.  

Training and Technical Assistance

NFPN board member, Sheila Searfoss, provided in-person NCFAS-G+R trainer certification to 9 attendees from TIES (TN), Lutheran Services (IN), Hillside (GA) and Coastal Horizons Center (NC) in January. Executive director, Michelle Reines, conducted an in-person NCFAS-G training to 24 general trainees and 10 trainees who received trainer certification at Beacon Health Options (CT) in February. Due to the Covid-19 quarantine, NFPN transitioned to live, online trainings for the rest of the year. These trainings included approximately 35 participants at Citrus Family Care Network (FL), 10 participants at Easter Seals (NH), 30 participants at Gila River Tribal Social Services (AZ), 90 participants through the University of Connecticut/Department of Children & Families and 18 participants at the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh. NFPN has refined its online training process and will likely continue to have the option of virtual training from now on. 

Dr. Esteban Gómez Muzzio at “Fundación América por la Infancia” in Chile developed an online training series on the NCFAS tools in Spanish, which was launched in the summer. It has been completed by more than 500 participants, and it can be accessed at: https://academia.americaporlainfancia.com/catalog/view.php?id=112.

Tim Ryan at “Ryan & Sons” in Australia conducted in-person and online trainings on the NCFAS and T/WB Scales throughout the year. Although there were a few cancellations due to Covid-19, he was able to conduct a total of six trainings for 139 participants.

In addition, a board member recorded a video training on the T/WB scales which is now available to customers. Also, a board member provided a live, online training on Motivational Interviewing to the TIES program at Centerstone in Tennessee.

Website & Social Media

NFPN completed an extensive process of redesigning its website. The new website is considerably more user-friendly than the previous one and it is mobile-accessible. NFPN published the monthly blog, NFPN News Notes, on NFPN’s website, Facebook and LinkedIn pages, as well as distributing it to the email list. Training activities were also posted on the social media pages.

“Remote Services During Covid-19” Report

The Covid-19 pandemic and quarantine had a significant impact on family-serving agencies and their clients. NFPN sought to support these agencies through virtual training and technical assistance. NFPN also sought to assemble guidance for service delivery by collecting information about how agencies adapted during the quarantine. Seven agencies completed a questionnaire regarding their actions and experiences. NFPN compiled a report of their responses, which was posted on the website and social media pages and sent to the email list. This report was published in the Child Welfare League of America’s journal in January 2021.

Funding

Major sources of revenue in 2020 were sales of tool packages and training fees. Administrative costs represented 13.8%of expenses.

Financial Report

Revenue2020
Budgeted
2020
Actual: Jan-Dec
2021 Proposed
NCFAS & T/WD Packages$100,000$96,669$100,000
Fatherhood Packages$500$1,100$500
Training/TA, Consulting$17,000$27,395$20,000
Database Commissions$2,500$2,070$2,500
Grants, Donations$150$210$200
Bank Balance end of previous year$83,562$83,562$98,626
TOTAL REVENUE$203,712$211,006$221,826
Expenditures   
Executive Director$85,000$85,000$85,000
Consultants, Training/TA$1,000$500$2,500
Professional Fees$3,600$2,112$1,000
Bookkeeping$2,400$2,400$3,000
Audit, Tax Preparation$2,000$2,000$2,500
Evidence-Based Model$10,000 $40,000
Training Packages/Video/Online$0 $2,000
Travel$2,000$1,865$5,000
Conferences, Workshops   $500            $2,000
In-Person Board Meeting$0 $2,000
Telephone, Video-Conferencing$1,200$1,105$1,200
Website Management/Social Media$10,000$9,799$4,000
Printing & Reproduction$1,000$88$1,000
PO Box/Postage/Delivery$250$204$500
Dues, Subscriptions, Publications$50$10$200
Bank & Vendor Fees$3,000$2,923$6,600
D & O Insurance$900$924$1,000
Royalties$3,450$3,450$0
TOTAL EXPENDITURES$126,350$112,380$159,500
BALANCE$77,362$98,626$62,326

*Please note, the budget was revised in mid-2020 to reflect changes in revenue and expenses due to Covid-19.

Spotlight on Australia

Although the name of this agency is the National Family Preservation Network, you may or may not know that we have a strong international presence.  A few months ago, I wrote about our work in the Spanish-speaking world, particularly in Chile, and now I’d like to feature our work in Australia.  Numerous agencies in Australia provide services to preserve and reunify families.  Approximately 90 Australian agencies have acquired our assessment tools (NCFAS-G, NCFAS-G+R, Trauma/Well-Being) since 2007, and many of them are implementing the tools on a widespread basis.  Here are some examples of the great work being done there:

Barwon Child, Youth & Family

The Funding Reform has allowed BCYF services to commence the design of a model that supports integration across the child and family system, allowing practitioners to deliver a more consistent mix, sequence and intensity of services necessary to help children recover from harm and improve family capability.  It enables a more seamless and continuous service system, setting it up to move towards outcomes-focused performance management in the longer term.

This centralised response provides flexibility and increases understanding and collaboration across service provision.  This design enables the skilled, multi-disciplinary practitioners to be assigned to a client throughout the whole process of intake, assessment and intervention.  All practitioners have the skillset and ability to offer brief to intensive support and are able to step up or down the level of support provided to families, as required. 

CatholicCare Hunter Manning

The Brighter Futures program aims to strengthen families so that their vulnerable children can live safely at home, protected from abuse and neglect, and enjoy the best possible start to life.  It is a voluntary, targeted intervention service to families with at least one child under the age of nine living at home or expecting a child who will be at high risk of entering the statutory child protection system.  Brighter Futures is designed to enhance child safety, parenting capacity and family functioning.  It has four integrated service components: structured home visiting, parenting programs, quality children’s services and brokerage funded support.  Brighter Futures service providers refer and assess families and then undertake ongoing case management and coordination of service delivery to those families.

Key Assets Australia

This agency implements the NCFAS-G+R and T/WB Scales into an intensive family engagement program in Tasmania, family preservation and restoration services in Victoria, and a kinship care program in Queensland.  These programs use these tools to assess families by collecting information to support their goals, and then the programs work with families to achieve their goals through their participation in the service.  These programs also use the completed data to measure outcomes of their work and to tell stories of the changes families are able to make in their work with Key Assets.

Uniting

  • Brighter Futures Program:  a program that works with families whose children are between the ages of 0-9 and are at high risk of entering the statutory child protection system, they work with families for up to 18 months.
  • Intensive Family Services:  a program that works with families whose children are at risk of being taken into out-of-home care, they work to keep children at home.  Sometimes children may already be in out-of-home care, so this program works to reunify them.  This is an intensive program that is six months in duration.
  • Permanency Support Program – Family Preservation:  this program works with families whose children are at high risk of entering out-of-home care.  It is intensive and is two years in duration.
  • Newpin:  a therapeutic centre-based program that works with birth parents and their children.  The parents attend the centre multiple times a week and initially work toward having their children return home and then continue to attend the centre once their children return home.

Yerin Aboriginal Health Services

This agency provides over 31 programs including primary health care, social and emotional wellbeing, statutory out-of-home care, and National Disability Insurance Scheme.  They utilise the NCFAS-G+R and T/WB Scales for their family preservation and Adverse Childhood Experiences clients.

I also want to mention that in-person and online training is provided to Australian agencies by Tim Ryan at Ryan & Sons.  He can be reached at tim@ryanandsons.com.au. We also partner with Community Data Solutions that provides web database services in Australia.  If you’d like more information about this, please contact me at director@nfpn.org.

NFPN is very grateful for the opportunity to work with agencies in Australia, and we have plans to enhance these relationships even more in the future.  To our Australian collaborators, we wish to express our heartfelt thanks!

Posted by Michelle Reines, NFPN Executive Director

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