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50 Resources

Over the past 15 years, the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) has developed 50 resources for family-serving agencies.

While all of the resources are available on our website (nfpn.org), that’s a lot of information to digest at one time! So this newsletter will provide you with an overview of these resources, note some new ones that have just been released, and provide links to them so that you can quickly find what you’re looking for. Information is also included on training/technical assistance.

What does NFPN do?

The mission of NFPN is to serve as the primary national voice for the preservation of families. Our mission is achieved through initiatives in the areas of family preservation, reunification, and father-involvement. NFPN offers research-based tools, training, resources, and technical assistance. For more information, visit http://www.nfpn.org/about-nfpn.

What are the most popular resources that NFPN offers?

1. Assessment Tools that Measure Family Functioning
Over 800 agencies in the USA and 20 other countries use these assessment tools:
http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools

New! Trauma/Post-Trauma Well-Being Tool and Training Package (T/WB)
http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/trauma-assessment-tool

New! Two Spanish Version Assessment Tools : NCFAS-G+R and T/WB
http://www.nfpn.org/products/spanish-training

New! Assessment Tool Databases
The NCFASGRT Data Entry System Version 1 is now available for the NCFAS-G, NCFAS-G+R, and T/WB assessment tools, as well as the T/WB combined with either the NCFAS-G or NCFAS-G+R. The database has been rebuilt from the ground up to provide better long-term stability and functionality. The new database prints family assessments with comments, provides two new additional reporting features (baseline/strengths and problem areas), and includes instructions for installing the database on a server. The NCFASGRT database is included with a new purchase of an assessment tool training package (English version) from NFPN. Database upgrades are available to current licensed users of the NCFAS-G or NCFAS-G+R. The cost to upgrade is $75.
http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/ncfasgrt-database

2. Building and Strengthening Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) Programs

IFPS ToolKit
http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/ifps-toolkit

IFPS Nationwide Survey
http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/2014-ifps-survey

New! Continuous Quality Improvement Instrument for IFPS (CQI-IFPS)
http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/cqi-ifps-instrument

IFPS Blog
http://www.intensivefamilypreservation.org/blog/

3. Cutting-Edge Information and Free Resources
NFPN Blog
https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com

Other Free Resources including:

  • 12 articles on timely topics
  • Father-involvement video clips (may be used in presentations by permission)
  • Training video on Listening and the Six Stages of Change

http://www.nfpn.org/free-resources

Ready to take the plunge?

If you would like to view all of NFPN’s products, visit:
http://www.nfpn.org/products.aspx

How about training and technical assistance?

NFPN offers onsite training-of-trainers, most frequently for large agencies and for research projects that use one or more of our resources.

Coming Soon! Onsite training for trauma-informed practice

Please contact NFPN if you are interested in onsite training. NFPN can provide technical assistance by phone/e-mail for any of our resources. Note: We’re looking for partners, especially universities and colleges, to collaborate with in order to offer more online training.

New Resource

Happy New Year!

The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is entering the new year at full speed. We’re excited to kick off 2015 by sharing about our new resources. Our current resources include assessment tools, father-involvement training curricula, research and practice documents, and training/technical assistance. For more information on all of our resources visit NFPN.org.

NFPN is introducing two new resources in the first two months of 2015. This month NFPN is introducing a quality improvement instrument, and next month NFPN will introduce two new assessment domains: Trauma and Post-Trauma Well-Being.

Today, NFPN is pleased to announce the release of a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Instrument for use with Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS).

Importance of CQI

The federal Administration for Children and Families—Children’s Bureau defines Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) as the complete process of identifying, describing, and analyzing strengths and problems and then testing, implementing, learning from, and revising solutions.

The Children’s Bureau addresses quality assurance (QA) of state child welfare agencies through Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSR). During the first round of reviews conducted from 2001 to 2004, the Children’s Bureau found that 31 states had QA systems. That number increased to 40 states in the second round of reviews conducted from 2007 to 2010.

The Children’s Bureau further lists five key components of an effective CQI system:

  • A strong foundational administrative structure
  • Quality data collection
  • An effective case record review process
  • Process to analyze and disseminate data
  • Processes to provide feedback to stakeholders/decision-makers and adjust programs and process

The complete memorandum is available at:
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/im1207.pdf

Purpose of CQI for IFPS

One essential component of an effective child welfare system is Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS). Thus, it is critical to maintain and improve the quality of IFPS programs on an ongoing basis. The CQI-IFPS Instrument allows states and contracted providers, through the case review process, to determine if they are meeting best practice for IFPS and that includes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families. The CQI instrument assists in determining what is currently being done well along with identifying areas that need improvement in the future.

Components of the CQI-IFPS Instrument

The CQI-IFPS Instrument is grounded in many years of research on IFPS. Each item of the Instrument has been carefully selected and field-tested.

The CQI-IFPS Instrument and supporting materials including:

  • Introduction (Definition, Basis in federal law/policy, and Purpose of IFPS CQI)
  • CQI-IFPS Instrument (10 domains covering a total of 75 items)
  • Tally Sheet (Checklist for case reviewers that allows tallying of up to 5 case files)
  • Directions for Use (Preparation, Reviewing Case Files, Debriefing, Using Findings to Guide Improvement in Practice)
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The following is a portion of the Tally Sheet showing how the instrument is used and scored:

CQI-IFPS Tally Sheet Sample

NFPN recommends that IFPS programs be operational for at least one year prior to using the CQI instrument.

Pricing

The CQ-IFPS Instrument is affordably priced, ranging from $125 for small private agencies to $250 for large private and government agencies. You may order and pay online with access to the instrument and resource materials immediately following payment.

Order Today!

To get started, visit: http://nfpn.org/cqi-ifps

If you have questions or need more information, contact director@nfpn.org or phone 888-498-9047.

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