The Value of Long Term Multiple Family Preservation Services (2003)

Where children are identified as being at significant risk because of their family circumstances, there are typically two professional responses.

One response is to place the child in some form of foster care or alternative care. The other response, particularly where there the family has some potential for improvement, is to refer the family to a service that will help the family address the risk issues so that the child can stay at home. Such approaches have generically been called Family Preservation or Placement Prevention Services. Family Preservation Services typically work with families at the edge of coping. They work with whole families, address a range of issues with specialist skills, and also provide family support.