Yearly Archives: 2011

The Year In Review

As we close out 2011, the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) shares the highlights of this past year and offers some free and special holiday-priced resources to give you a good start in the new year.

Achievements

During 2011, NFPN achieved the following:

  • Developed the Complete Guide to Father Involvement with information about model programs and over 30 resources for strengthening father involvement programs.
  • Completed a nationwide survey and report on Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS). The report includes information and charts on exemplary IFPS state programs, IFPS adapted for safety related services, and less intensive services. Over half the states are represented in this report.
  • Offered three reliable and valid tools for family functioning. The tools are in use by over 700 agencies worldwide. More than 1100 workers received training through the accompanying training packages on how to effectively use the tools with the families they serve.
  • Use of the assessment tools and father involvement materials greatly expanded internationally this year, especially in the United Kingdom, Latin American, and the Caribbean.
  • NFPN provided training and technical assistance on our resources in Alaska, Arkansas, California, and Rhode Island as well as the United Kingdom and Singapore.

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Free Resources

To assist you with planning for next year, NFPN provides resources to answer the following questions:

My agency wants to start an IFPS program–where can I find models and states with solid IFPS programs?
http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/ifps-nationwide-survey.html

Where can I obtain information on a model for intensive reunification services?
http://www.nfpn.org/reunification/nfpns-reunification-model.html

My agency wants to serve more older youth in our IFPS program–are services for older youth as effective as they are for younger children?
http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/ifps-for-older-youth.html

Where can my agency find general information about the family functioning assessment tools?
(PDF file) http://www.nfpn.org/images/stories/files/assessment_tools_overview.pdf

How can I improve my agency’s father-involvement policies and practices to meet CFSR standards?
http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement1/meeting-cfsr-standards-report.html

For the complete list of NFPN’s many free resources, visit:
http://www.nfpn.org/free-resources.html

Special Holiday Pricing for You

Here are some low-cost resources for you, your staff, and your colleagues, at special prices for the holidays. Simply order now, pay online, and get started immediately!

Complete Guide to Father Involvement (eBook)
http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement1/guide-to-father-involvement.html

Basic and Advanced Father Involvement Curricula 3 Online Courses
http://nfpn.cequick.com/Engaging-Fathers.aspx

Last-Minute Orders

If you’re thinking about making a purchase before the end of the year, please note that all orders must be placed and paid by Monday, December 19. Easy and secure online payment by credit card is available for quick payment and delivery!

For a list of all products, visit:
http://www.nfpn.org/products.html

Most Important of All . . .

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to You!

Nationwide IFPS Survey Completed

In 1994 the first nationwide survey of Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) was published by the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN). In 2007, NFPN published an updated survey with information on strong IFPS programs in 20 states.

The 2011 IFPS Survey report includes findings from exemplary IFPS programs nationwide, a new use of IFPS for safety related services, information about less intensive services that states are providing, and a directory for resources, training, and technical assistance.

The Survey was conducted via e-mail with a request, including a link to complete the survey online, sent to in-home contacts in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Only 5 states did not respond to the survey.

Exemplary IFPS Programs

With each IFPS nationwide survey, there have been some changes in the list of states that offer exemplary IFPS programs. There are fewer states (14) in 2011 that are deemed to have exemplary IFPS programs than in 2007 when there were 20 exemplary IFPS states. But there is currently more uniformity of standards in the exemplary IFPS states than there was in the prior survey. The following are the findings from states with exemplary IFPS programs:

  • Exemplary IFPS programs are offered statewide to reach as many families as possible in the target population.
  • At least a quarter of all families served by IFPS include older youth ages 12-17.
  • All exemplary IFPS programs offer reunification as well as preservation services and most are based on the same model.
  • In contrast with past surveys, key components of intensity are increasingly adhered to including the worker meeting with the family within 24 hours, 24/7 availability of the worker, worker availability on evenings/weekends, low caseload (2-4 families), brief length of service (4-6 weeks), and high number of face-to-face hours spent with families (average of 47 hours per IFPS intervention in 2011 compared with an average of 33 hours in 2007).
  • Exemplary IFPS programs have written program standards, monitor compliance, and conduct program evaluations.
  • An increasing number of IFPS programs use a clinical model (65% in 2011 vs. 40% in 2007) and provide follow-up services (66% in 2011 vs. 50% in 2007).
  • An average of 91% of families remain intact at case closure with somewhat decreasing percentages at 6 and 12 months post-intervention.

The full report contains includes a detailed chart of states with exemplary IFPS programs that can assist you in building or strengthening an IFPS program.

View the full report.

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