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Family Preservation Services

Family Preservation Services (FPS) are comprehensive, short-term, intensive services for families delivered primarily in the home and designed to prevent the unnecessary out-of-home placement of children or to promote family reunification. (National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice 1994). They are "services for children and families designed to help families (including adoptive and extended families) at risk or in crisis..." (1993 OBRA provisions, P.L. 103-66). The services are intended to protect a child in a home where allegations of child abuse or neglect have occurred, prevent subsequent abuse or neglect, prevent out-placement of a child, or reduce the stay for a child in out-placement. Families in need of family preservation services are usually referred by public welfare agencies. Services are provided within 24 hours of referral and the family's involvement is voluntary. These services provide a holistic response to families on a 24-hour basis, including services such as family therapy, budgeting, nutrition, and parenting skills.


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