Are there services that can facilitate successful family reunifications?
A control group research study in Utah in 1995 found that Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) used in reunification cases were highly successful. One year after services, 77% of the treatment children were at home compared with 49% of the children in the control group. Another study in Missouri looked at family preservation services interventions used to achieve reunification and found that 63% of the children were successfully reunited with their families.
NFPN supports the safe return of children to their families following an out-of-home placement. Intensive Family Reunification Services (IFRS) are similar to Intensive Family Preservation Services with the focus on helping the family prepare for reuniting and addressing the issues that will enable the child to safely remain in the home.