Q and A

The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) receives inquiries on a regular basis. Here are some of the most frequent questions….and answers:

How can my agency establish effective family preservation services?

NFPN has conducted six research studies on Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) with all demonstrating its effectiveness. The studies included both placement prevention and reunification services.   NFPN has also conducted three nationwide surveys of IFPS in the past 10 years. The studies and surveys tell us that key characteristics of effective IFPS programs include 24/7 availability of staff, low caseloads (2-4), brief duration (4-6 weeks), intensive services (40 hours or more of face-to-face contact), high rate of keeping families together (90% or higher at case closure), and an annual program evaluation.

A good starting place for developing an effective family preservation program is the IFPS ToolKit: http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/ifps-toolkit

For examples of state RFPs, standards, and annual evaluation reports, visit: http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/state-resources

A fidelity/quality improvement tool, CQI-IFPS Instrument, is available here: http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/cqi-ifps-instrument 

How can I find a reliable and valid assessment tool to meet the requirements of my agency’s government-contracted services?

The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare has rated 20 measurement tools. You can view the list of tools and ratings here: http://www.cebc4cw.org/assessment-tools/measurement-tools-highlighted-on-the-cebc/.

The Clearinghouse has given the North Carolina Family Assessment Scale (NCFAS) an “A” rating. The NCFAS scales measure family functioning. NFPN has conducted 6 research projects involving the assessment tools, all of them confirming the reliability and validity of the tools. A summary of research studies on the tools is available here: http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/ncfases-scale-development-report

NFPN most recently released the Trauma/Post-Trauma Well-Being Tool (TWB). Designed for use with either the NCFAS-G or NCFAS-G+R assessment tools, the TWB tool assists workers to identify symptoms and indicators of trauma and the extent of healing following services. Detailed information is available here: http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/trauma-assessment-tool

Is a web-based data entry system available for the assessment tools?

YES!   NFPN has worked with a developer, Integrated Imaging, to design a web database specifically for the NCFAS tools (NCFAS-G, NCFAS-G+R, and TWB). The web database includes demographics, reasons for referral, case plan forms, print/save features, research-caliber reports, and technical assistance.

Take a test drive by participating in a free web database demo scheduled for:

Wednesday, April 12, at 11:30 ET OR

Thursday, April 20, at 4:00 ET

Register by emailing Priscilla Martens, director@nfpn.org

For more details on the web database visit: http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/ncfasgrt-database

Are there any videos or printed materials to train agency staff on father involvement?

NFPN has two videos on father involvement. Each video is part of a training curriculum on father involvement that also includes a manual, training script, handouts, and other resources.

Information on the Basic Fatherhood Training Curriculum Package is available here: http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/basic-training-package while information on the Advanced Fatherhood Training Curriculum Package is available here: http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/advanced-training-pack

Pricing begins at $150 per training package for up to 25 workers or $275 for both. To order contact Priscilla Martens, director@nfpn.org Note: the fatherhood training is not designed for use with fatherhood groups.


Posted by Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director

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