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Intensive Family Preservation Services: Demonstrating Placement Prevention Using Event History Analysis

NCJ Number
Social Work Research Volume: 28 Issue: 1 Dated: 2004 Pages: 5-18
Date Published
12 pages

This study re-examined the ability of intensive family preservation services (IFPS) to prevent out-of-home placements of children in abusive or neglectful families.


A retrospective, population-based design was used. The sample comprised a statewide, six-year, archival population of high-risk child protective services children. The study ensured a high degree of treatment fidelity among service providers, controlled risk factors that may have adversely affected findings in earlier studies and used event history analysis to examine treatment effects. IFPS significantly reduced placement rates or delayed placements of children compared with children of the same risk level but who received traditional child welfare services. Treatment effects increased as risk increased. In contrast to previous research, IFPS is shown to be effective in reducing out-of-home placements when model fidelity is high, and the service is appropriately targeted. (Published abstract provided)

Date Published: January 1, 2004