The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) accomplished the following during the past year:
- Released a new assessment tool, Trauma and Post-Trauma Well-Being, to assist workers to identify symptoms and indicators of trauma and to determine the level of recovery and healing following services. In the field test, trauma was identified in 80% of the families referred through the child welfare system. Parents had more trauma symptoms and indicators than children. Both parents and children showed significant improvement following services.
For more information about the tool and to read the field test report, visit: http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/trauma-assessment-tool.
- Released a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) instrument for Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS). The CQI instrument allows states and contracted providers, through the case review process, to determine if they are meeting best practice standards for IFPS, including safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families. The instrument is low-priced and includes supporting materials. For more information, visit: http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/cqi-ifps-instrument.
- Sent the assessment tools to schools. NFPN worked with a number of school programs to introduce or expand use of the NCFAS assessment tools. The state of Alabama will use the NCFAS-G statewide in their Helping Families Initiative to address student truancy and behavior problems. For more information on this program, visit: http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/local/progress/2014/10/25/helping-families-celebrates-years-schools/17912589/.
- Began development of online courses for in-home services. NFPN has received many requests for low-cost training on family preservation and in-home services. We will begin offering courses online early next year. Stay tuned!
There is still time to make end-of-year purchases of any of NFPN’s products. For a complete list and description, visit: http://www.nfpn.org/products.aspx.
Last, but most important, thank you for serving families, supporting NFPN, and standing for those who cannot stand alone.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Priscilla Martens, Executive Director