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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 Research on Assessment, Exit Instruments, & Successful Outcomes

The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is pleased to release today a comprehensive research study that includes family assessment, engagement, exit instruments, and factors that are specifically associated with successful reunification.
The study pioneered a number of “firsts” including:

  • First NFPN research study that included all three initiatives of family preservation, reunification, and father-involvement.
  • First time the NCFAS-G assessment tool has been tested in a research study with both front-end prevention services (differential response) and placement prevention services.
  • First time that exit instruments have been designed and tested to align questions for the worker and parent(s) which also correspond to the NCFAS assessment tools.

The comprehensive study includes these major findings:

Assessment

  • Excellent reliability of the NCFAS-G with differential response and Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) families
  • Adequate to excellent reliability of the NCFAS-R and NCFAS-G+R with reunification services
  • Substantial progress by both intact and reunifying families between intake and case closure. Improvements on all 10 domains of the NCFAS tools were statistically significant.

Exit Instruments

Exit instruments were designed for both intact and reunifying families. The instruments are believed to be the first that provide similar questions for both the worker and the parent(s). The questions generally correspond to items on the NCFAS scales. The forms are completed at termination of services. They are intended to measure the level of engagement of the worker with the parent(s) and the interaction of case planning, delivery of services, and outcomes. Here are the findings:

  • For families completing services, there is close alignment between worker and caregiver on responses for both intact and reunifying families.The only exception was the caregiver’s perception of insufficient quantity of concrete services for reunification.
  • For families that do not complete services, the worker and caregiver perceptions can be starkly different. Compare the worker/caregiver responses for families completing reunification services with the worker/caregiver responses for families not completing reunification services on the following questions:  (Note: Click the image to open a larger view in your web browser.)

    Table 10 from Reunification Research Report 2014

Factors Involved in Successful Reunifications

Demographic Factors
Let’s look first at what factors did not affect outcomes for reunifying families. The list includes these caregiver demographic factors:

  • Race
  • Marital Status
  • Employment
  • Substance Abuse
  • Mental Health
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence

This research supports previous findings that intensive services are effective with a broad variety of families including those families with presenting problems that are considered high barriers to successful reunification such as substance abuse, mental illness, and domestic violence.

Services
Of the services that workers provided to reunifying families, three stand out as having a post-intervention effect. Thus, at three months post-reunification services, families that had received concrete services, step-down services, and father-engagement services were more likely to remain together than the families that had not received these services.

You can read the entire Research Report at:
http://nfpn.org/reunification/reunification-research

NFPN is offering the Exit Instruments at a low one-time price for any agency that is interested in using them. You can order and pay online for the instruments at the link below. Note that the instruments are included at free with any new purchase or upgrade of the NCFAS-G or NCFAS-G+R assessment tools.
http://nfpn.org/products/exit-instruments

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