Yearly Archives: 2010

Review, Resources, & Reveling

As the year 2010 draws to a close, the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) takes a look at the past even as we look forward to 2011. Here’s a recap of some of NFPN’s activities over the past year.

Father-Involvement

NFPN, in cooperation with Essential Learning, converted the Basic and Advanced Fatherhood Training Curricula into three online courses with 8 CEU credits available upon completion of all courses.

NFPN also continues to offer the courses through training packages with over 850 workers scheduled to be trained on these materials. NFPN developed a guide for meeting federal Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) standards on father-involvement.

To access the online courses, visit:
http://nfpn.org/father-involvement1/online-courses.html

For more information and resources on father involvement, including the CFSR guide, visit:
http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement1.html

Assessment Tools

NFPN offers reliable and valid assessment tools that measure family functioning. The tools are used in over 600 agencies in the United States, Canada, Australia, and other nations. Spanish versions of the tools are available and a research report has been published in Chile on use of the tools in that country. Over 800 workers received training on the tools this past year through the training packages.

For a complete list and description of all assessment tools and training packages, visit:
http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools.html

Training & Technical Assistance

NFPN provided webinars this past year on IFPS, father-involvement, and an overview of the NCFAS-G+R assessment tool. An information/training day was held in Atlanta, Georgia, on all of the resources that NFPN offers. Technical assistance on the assessment tools, privatization, IFPS rates, IFPS contracts, and decreasing deaths from child abuse/neglect was provided to programs in 6 states.

If you would like to have NFPN provide an information/training day in your state, or if you need technical assistance, please contact me, Priscilla Martens, at director@nfpn.org.

Presents Galore!

NFPN offers many free resources online. Here’s a sampling:

  1. What are the components of an effective child welfare system and what evidence-based programs are available in child welfare?
    http://nfpn.org/articles/24-monograph-an-effective-child-welfare-system.html
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  2. All the nuts and bolts of starting or strengthening an Intensive Family Preservation Services program:
    http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/ifps-toolkit.html
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  3. How can the assessment tools be used for program evaluation?
    http://nfpn.org/articles/116-ifps-paper.html
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  4. What can my agency do to help older youth?
    http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/186-older-youth.html

For a complete list of free online resources, visit:
http://www.nfpn.org/free-resources.html
http://www.nfpn.org/articles.html

Last-Minute Orders

If your agency has year-end funds available and you wish to make a purchase from NFPN, please note that all orders must be placed and paid by December 19. Easy online payment by credit card is available for fast turnaround and delivery!

Reveling

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to You!

IFPS is Effective with Older Youth!

The National Family Preservation Network, in association with Dr. Ray Kirk and the National Alliance to End Homelessness, is pleased to release a new research report on the use of Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) with older youth.

The report addresses a knowledge gap of what can be done to help older youth in order to prevent long term foster care placements and youth aging out of foster care with no resources and expected poor outcomes.

While the youth in this study were involved in the child welfare system, the findings suggest that older youth involved in systems other than child welfare (mental health, juvenile justice, substance abuse) could also benefit from IFPS.

Two agencies provided data on IFPS services to older youth with one of the agencies providing comparative data for younger children. Older youth were defined as ages 12–17 while younger children were defined as ages 0–11.

The major findings of the study are:

  • IFPS services were highly effective with older youth for both placement prevention services and reunification. The difference in outcomes for older youth vs. younger children was very small:
    Younger Children Older Youth
    Placement Prevention Success Rate 88% 92%
    Reunification Rate 97% 92%
  • Older youth were more likely to be female and had significantly higher rates of physical and sexual abuse than younger children, as well as family conflict. Other issues much more prevalent in older youth than younger children included adoption disruption, behavior problems, delinquency, child-centered violence, school problems, mental health problems, and substance abuse. All of these issues were effectively addressed in terms of preserving the placement or reunifying the older youth with their families.
  • The NCFAS and the NCFAS-R assessment tools were found to be reliable for use with both the older youth and younger children. This is critical because the tools measure over 40 factors of family functioning that affect youth and their families and are used in a wide variety of youth- and family-serving systems.
  • Despite having many more presenting problems than younger children, older youth and their families made just as much progress as younger children and their families on all measures of family functioning with one exception. That exception was the area of child well-being which includes the factors of mental health, child’s behavior, school performance, relationship with caregivers, relationship with siblings, and relationship with peers. Since these factors are child-focused, rather than parent-focused, and tend to reflect the older youth’s desire for independence and ability to make choices, including bad choices, less progress in this area is perhaps understandable. In any event, somewhat less progress in the area of child well-being did not adversely affect the overall positive outcomes for older youth.
  • This is the third study that NFPN has commissioned on IFPS; all have shown similar excellent outcomes. NFPN believes that strong IFPS programs are essential in the continuum of services for older youth. Early IFPS programs served primarily older youth and we are now coming full circle to realizing that IFPS is still an excellent resource for adolescents.

Special thanks to the Institute for Family Development and the Philadelphia Youth Services for providing data for this project.

To view the Older Youth Research Report, visit:
http://nfpn.org/preservation/186-older-youth.html

NFPN’s Fall Sale Ends Soon

There is still time to save 20% on purchases of $500 or more of the Assessment Tools Training Packages. NFPN’s Fall Sale ends on November 19. Order today!

To get started, request a price quote. Your 20% discount will be applied to your price quote when you place your order before November 19.
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