Family-Centered Services

Family-Centered Services address the needs and problems of children within the context of their family. Family-centered services are designed to prevent child abuse/neglect; to prevent or reduce the length of out-of-home placements; or to maintain reunification when children have been returned home. Family-centered services promote self-sufficiency by providing temporary services that help families in developing their ability to use their own resources and strengths to reduce stress on the child or family. Resources, provided by the Department of Human Services and the community, assist the family to maintain family function and stability. Families are referred to the Department of Human Services for familycentered services as a result of child abuse investigations, referrals from juvenile court, schools, or other community agencies or selfreferrals from families.