30.22 Family Preservation



Practice Guidance

  • ​​FPP is a short term, evidence based crisis intervention resource that is intended to prevent the unnecessary placement of children. 
  • Expectations of FPP staff include: 
    • Providing intensive services according to the needs of each family, including families with substance misuse, for an average of four (4) to six (6) weeks; 
    • Providing at least half of the services in the family’s home, or other natural community setting;
    • Being available to families twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week; 
    • Aiding in the solution of practical problems that contribute to the family stress; 
    • Making referrals (as needed) to other available community resources; and 
    • Providing “flex-dollars” (as appropriate and to the extent that funds are available) to enhance the success of intervention.
  • The charge of the FPP management team is to implement FPP, specifically: 
    • Identifying the referral and selection committee and reviewing referral procedures and criteria;
    • Interviewing prospective FPP staff members; 
    • Discussing regional needs; 
    • Developing additional linkage agreements, as appropriate; and 
    • Meeting regularly to discuss ongoing issues related to program quality and integration of services.


The SSW:
  1. Identifies family who may be a candidate for the Family Preservation Program (FPP) and consults with the FSOS (The regional referral and selection staff may also be consulted); 
  2. Upon approval from the FSOS, discusses the potential referral with the family to: 
    1. Inform the family that FPP is an alternative to out of home placement; 
    2. Determine the family’s willingness to participate with the referral to FPP; 
    3. Inform the family that referral to FPP is based upon availability and regional referral and selection review; and 
    4. Inform the family that if FPP is appropriate and available, a referral will be initiated upon the family’s agreement and that if the referral is approved, FPP will schedule a visit within twenty-four (24) hours of receipt of the referral; 
  3. Completes the Universal Referral Form, to include information on identified fathers and paternal family members as outlined in SOP 4.14 Family Attachment and Involvement, seeks approval of the FSOS, and forwards the referral to the regional referral and selection staff, 
  4. Upon approval from the regional referral and selection staff, forwards the DCBS-1286 Family Preservation Program Client Referral to FPP; 
  5. Joins, if possible, the FPP staff for the initial visit within twenty-four (24) hours of receipt of referral, if an opening is available; 
  6. Consults with FPP staff as often as necessary, based on the needs of the family while FPP staff is serving the case; 
  7. Conducts (at minimum) one joint home visit with FPP staff and is encouraged to consult with FPP staff through: 
    1. Telephone; 
    2. FPP staff weekly case conferences; 
    3. Cabinet case planning meetings; or 
    4. Other face to face contacts; 
  8. Reviews the FPP termination summary and provides follow-up services as necessary, once termination of FPP involvement occurs; 
  9. Ensures that the case record includes the following FPP documentation: 
  10. The Universal Referral Form; FPP family functioning assessment and initial treatment goals; 
  11. FPP termination summary; and Contacts with FPP staff.
The SRA:
  1. Designates a Cabinet staff person to be the regional referral and selection staff; 1 
  2. Establishes an FPP management team, consisting of: 
    1. SRA or designee; 
    2. Referral and selection staff; 
    3. The FPP specialist in central office; 
    4. The FPP supervisor (contract agency); and 
    5. The executive director (contract agency).


  1. ​This individual assumes responsibility for reviewing all referrals to FPP.