Family Preservation & Supervised Visitation are two different areas that focus on rebuilding and strengthening families. Family Preservation rebuilds a family that has had the children placed into foster care by the Department of Child and Family Services. The process employs Supervised Visitation to assist in evaluating parenting abilities and instructing them in parenting skills, nutrition and child growth and development.
Family Preservation also strengthens families that are at risk of having their children removed by going directly into the home and working with the family by employing a Family Systems approach. This approach addresses areas that have been identified by the Department of Child and Family Services as concerns. The focus is on the safety of the children in the home, with environmental concerns such as inadequate or substandard housing, budgeting, parenting, transportation, anger management and a variety of therapy services.
Who is eligible?
- Anyone referred from Child & Family Services due to possibly meeting the criteria for abuse or neglect
- Anyone referred from Child & Family Services who have had their children removed from the home
- Anyone who voluntarily asks for a Child & Family Services referral due to the family recognizing a need for changes in structure of family that may lead to abuse or neglect if not addressed
How is a referral made?
- All referrals must come from Child & Family Services.