The Intensive Family Preservation program helps prevent out-of-home placement by reducing the risk of further harm to children and improving family functioning. Program staff and families work together to achieve these goals.
The guiding philosophy is that families have the capacity for appropriate parenting and, when guided by skilled professionals, can learn the techniques necessary to remain together.
Staff are available 24/7, and services are provided within 48 hours of notification of need. The program is intended to be a short-term intervention – up to 12 weeks. Families are also offered case management services, helping connect them to stabilizing services such as access to food and clothing.
Participation in Intensive Family Preservation is voluntary and is available only through referral by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF).
IFP is a home-based program.