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FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES

Family Preservation Services works to prevent the unnecessary separation of children from their homes while keeping them safe and stabilizing the family unit.

Partnering with Families

Our Family Preservation Services does exactly what its name implies— preserves the family unit by empowering parents to create a safe home. Partnering with families who may be at risk of having children placed in foster care, our team caters to each family’s specific needs, building upon their strengths and resources to address concerns so they can achieve their goal of a safer home.

Prevention is about teaching parents new and effective skills so they have what they need when life gets tough and frustrations arise.

Trauma-Informed Care

During childhood, families provide us with a sense of identity, belonging, and security. But when internal friction arises, or the family faces one of life’s many storms, it can affect how the family unit functions. 

If parents don’t have the proper coping skills or support network in place, it can result in a lack of emotional control, causing feelings of stress, anxiety, and anger to build. This can lead to neglect or maltreatment. Family Preservation Services helps parents at imminent risk of being separated from their children cope with daily stresses that affect their ability to nurture their children.

Separating children from their families is traumatic for both the family and the child, and often leaves lasting negative effects.

Our knowledgeable and caring Family Preservation Services (FPS) team can help families build upon key parenting and life skills to reduce anxiety and stress and improve safety in the home. Some of these skills include:

  • Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Coping Skills
  • De-escalating Situations
  • Household/School Management
  • Parenting Tips
  • Problem-Solving
  • Regulating Emotions
  • Stress Management

By improving the family’s ability to resolve crises, children can safely remain at home. Families participating in this program will receive:

  • In-home case management services provided by a case manager and family support worker who are trained in the BIST model.
  • Case team meets with the family face-to-face a minimum of one hour per week for a period of 3-6 months.
  • Follow-up support at 30 days, 90 days, and 6 months after services end for any additional concerns or needs that the family may identify.

Access to the following depending on the needs of the family:

  • Addiction Counselor to support individuals and families with concerns of substance misuse. Services may be provided in the home or through referrals to community resources. 
  • Services included in the Therapeutic Family Foster Home Capacity Building (TFFH) Program (see below).
  • Functional Family Therapy

Eligibility Requirements

  • Kansas Department of Children & Families (DCF) conducts a family assessment, refers families to the program.