Intensive family preservation services (IFPS) is a program model that has been disseminated widely throughout the country, and has received federal recognition and monetary support since the early 1980s. Recently, IFPS has been criticized for seemingly being unable to prevent out-of-home placements. The authors contend that many evaluators and policy analysts have lost sight of the historical roots of IFPS, and are focusing only on recent fiscal and policy contexts when assessing IFPS program effectiveness. This article reviews the therapeutic and programmatic origins of IFPS including desired treatment outcomes, and suggests that evaluators and policy analysts redirect their focus accordingly.
Reed, Kellie B. and Kirk, Raymond S.
"Intensive Family Preservation Services: A Short History but a Long Past,"
Journal of Family Strengths: Vol. 3
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol3/iss1/6