The use of intensive family preservation services with post-adoptive families.
Berry, Marianne. Martens, Priscilla. Propp, Jennifer.
National Family Preservation Network.
Published: June 30, 2005
Publication Information: Bula, ID : National Family Preservation Network
Available from: National Family Preservation Network
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Sponsoring Organization: Annie E. Casey Foundation
This report discusses a study that investigated whether Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) is an effective method by which to preserve adoptive families. In Phase 1 of the study, a survey of ten States was conducted to examine the extent to which post-adoptive services are offered and the use of IFPS as a model for service delivery. Phase 2 of the study conducted a more detailed analysis of IFPS families examining the services and outcomes in two States (Missouri and Illinois) that use IFPS, or an adopted model of IFPS, with adoptive families to a significant degree. Findings from the study indicate: the use of IFSP was more common than other supports such as individual counseling, adoption subsidies, or respite care; few States currently have the capacity to estimate or report the number of percentage of adoptive families who received IFPS; 80% of States provide a mix of therapeutic and concrete services, and in-home services; the detailed analysis of programs in Missouri and Illinois found the use of IFPS with adoptive families to be highly successful in terms of family preservation, reduction of problems, and parental satisfaction; and 83% of families in Missouri were preserved by the end of IFPS and 87% of families in Illinois were preserved. The report also provides a brief summary of IFPS and a review of the literature related to post-adoption services with a specific focus on those programs that include and describe IFPS as a model of service delivery. Recommendations for future programs are provided. 33 references.
family preservation; post placement; post adoption services; adoptive families; studies; outcomes; evidence based practice