Yearly Archives: 2005

Year In Review – 2005

This final edition of the News Notes for 2005 summarizes the major projects the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) has undertaken throughout the year, and the major findings from the research portion of two of these projects.

Use of Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) to prevent adoption disruptions

NFPN, in cooperation with Dr. Marianne Berry from the University of Kansas, identified 10 states that indicate they provide IFPS to post-adoptive families. Two states, Missouri and Indiana, provided additional data on their programs.

Research Findings: Family preservation services with post-adoptive families are effective, with preservation rates greater than 80% as demonstrated with two models of family preservation, IFPS and a less intensive program. Child and parent characteristics that predict which post-adoptive families will remain intact and which will have an out-of home placement of a child include: race and age of the child, whether or not the primary parent is employed full-time, the child’s past history of abuse or neglect, and parental problems.

Determining the reliability and validity of the North Carolina Family Assessment Scale (NCFAS) with programs other than IFPS

NFPN, in cooperation with Dr. Ray Kirk from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, is testing an expanded version of the NCFAS with a differential response program in the San Mateo County Human Services Agency in California. Data collection will be completed in April of 2006 and will then be analyzed to determine reliability and validity.

Completion of a 3-year project to motivate and train child welfare social workers to engage and involve fathers in their children’s lives

In the third and final year of the fatherhood project, funded by the Stuart Foundation, an advanced training package was developed. The package features a 33-page manual with specific skills for engaging fathers, and a 33-minute video on best practice by social workers. In addition, NFPN conducted 15 presentations and trainings nationwide on father involvement. Data collection on social workers’ engagement of fathers was completed.

Research Findings: Social workers increasingly viewed fathers as a resource over the course of time. When fathers were identified as a resource and could be located, social workers consistently met benchmarks to involve the father and his extended family in the case plan.

Providing on-site training and training packages for assessment tools and father involvement

The NCFAS (for intact families) and the NCFAS-R (for reunification) assessment tools and training packages are being used by 135 agencies nationwide and in Australia and Canada. The fatherhood training packages are being used in a half dozen state child welfare agencies, and two dozens states requested sample kits.

Donations earmarked for identifying IFPS components

All donations to NFPN during 2005 will fund the first stage of a project next year to identify the successful components of IFPS.

Thank you for your input, comments, and support throughout 2005.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Incentive Pricing on Training Packages

Last month the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) offered free sample kits from our two fatherhood training packages. We are pleased to report that we were inundated with requests for these materials, including requests from many of the states where we had previously had no contacts.

We are now offering incentive pricing on all of our training packages until December 15, 2005. Order now and receive free shipping (inside the Continental U.S.) on purchases over $100 and an additional 10% discount on purchases over $500. This incentive pricing will apply to both the fatherhood and the family assessment tool training packages, as well as all other NFPN products.

Briefly, NFPN offers two family assessment tool training packages, one for intact families and one for families where reunification is taking place following out-of-home placement of a child. The assessment tools measure family functioning at case opening and case closure. The tools have been found valid and reliable when used with intensive services over a 4-8 week time period.

You may preview the assessment tools at our Web site.

The training package for each tool contains the assessment scale (which may be reproduced), a database for computerizing opening and closing scores (requires Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 or higher), a video with case examples illustrating how to complete all items on the scale, and other instructional materials. Over 100 agencies nationwide and in Canada and Australia have purchased the training packages. The reunification tool, NCFAS-R, has been endorsed by CWLA in its Research to Practice Initiative.

Please note that the NCFAS and the NCFAS-R training package prices are based on the number of staff to be trained. Complete the online Assessment Tools Price Quote Form to receive a price quote that will include the applicable discount.

All purchases must be made and payment received by December 15 in order to qualify for the incentive pricing.

For more information, e-mail Priscilla Martens, Executive Director, at or phone 888-498-9047.

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