The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is wrapping up a busy and exciting year. Here are some achievements from the past year:
1. IFPS Coast-to-Coast Blog
NFPN assisted with the start-up of the blog, provides technical support services, and regularly contributes posts. As the only nationwide social media focused solely on family preservation, the blog is a source of knowledge and best practice on IFPS, a quick reference guide, and an interactive forum to share ideas and expertise. You can join the conversation at:
2. Tennessee Tests IFPS
A federally-funded project in Nashville is conducting a demonstration to determine the effectiveness of IFPS with families involved in substance abuse. NFPN provided training on IFPS and the assessment tools, technical assistance, and an onsite evaluation in support of this project.
3. Statewide Use of Assessment Tool
Missouri becomes the first state in the nation to use the NCFAS-G+R assessment tool with all child welfare programs, including use by both state employees and private providers.
4. New Domains for the Assessment Tools
NFPN is in the process of adding Trauma and Post-Trauma Well-Being domains to the NCFAS assessment tools. The new domains have been drafted and will be ready for testing in early 2014. After reliability and validity is established, the new domains will be available both as a supplement to the current tools/training packages and as part of a new all-in-one tool/training package. We’re aiming for release in early 2015.
5. Cultural Competence Training Package
In partnership with the Alaska Office of Children’s Services (OCS), and the Cook Inlet Tribal Council Child and Family Service, NFPN developed a case study of an Alaska Native family. Then, 55 workers from a variety of national and international programs, assessed the virtual family using the NCFAS tools. Findings indicated that the NCFAS scales are applicable across various racial, cultural, and ethnic groups, and the scales also exhibit good inter-rater reliability. For more information, visit:
As we say farewell to 2013, NFPN is eagerly looking forward to partnering with you on behalf of families in 2014. Thank you for everything that you do to promote family preservation!
There’s still time to order NFPN training products, if you do it soon. All orders must be placed and paid by Friday, December 20, for guaranteed delivery this calendar year. Online payment is available for a one-week turnaround between invoicing and delivery within the USA.
Visit the NFPN Web site to view all tools/training packages and other resources:
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!