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Intensive Family Preservation

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The types of programs known as intensive family preservation services (IFP) were developed in the 1970s and 1980s for families whose children were facing imminent removal from their homes so that they could receive out-of-home services (see Levesque 2008). While there are various types of programs, many emerged from, and are modeled after, the Homebuilders Program. This program was part of the more general movement in child protection policy making and service provision that sought to increase familial support to restrain child removal and the severing of family ties. The Homebuilders Program, which still continues today, provides intensive, in-home, family preservation programs that offer counseling, crisis intervention, and life-skills education to families with children deemed at risk for out-of-home placement. Reflecting this general orientation, overarching goals of IFP include efforts to ensure family safety and continuity, build skills and competency, and facilitate the...

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Levesque, R.J.R. (2011). Intensive Family Preservation. In: Levesque, R.J.R. (eds) Encyclopedia of Adolescence. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1695-2_682

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