Family preservation provides highly intensive, in-home service interventions to protect children and to prevent out-of-home placement of children. Services are tailored to meet the individual needs of families in crisis, and consist of the following components: skill development, therapy and counseling, and psychosocial evaluation. Family preservation services enable DHS to intervene quickly and effectively in family crisis that often results in out-of-home placement. Family preservation services are distinguished by:
- Brief (45-day average) service duration.
- Caseloads of four families per worker.
- 24-hour per day service response capabilities.
- Availability of funds that workers can use to purchase “hard” resources such as food, clothing, emergency shelter, and other time-limited assistance when such assistance would directly help prevent placement of the child.