Family preservation programs designed to prevent the out-of-home placement of children depend on the coordination of services from multiple agencies. Little is known regarding how coordination occurs. This case study examined this issue. Information was sought from all workers who provided services to each of five families and 'from families' case records. Thirty-one workers were interviewed with a semi-structured interview schedule containing rating scales and questions with open-ended response formats. Case records were reviewed with a case record review form. Analyses of data revealed the following. Services were coordinated to a moderate degree but that coordination deteriorated over time. Workers elaborated how aspects of communities, human service agencies, workers, and families affected coordination. Implications of findings for future research were drawn.
Freer, Richard and Wells, Kathleen
"Coordination of Family Preservation Services in a Rural Community: A Case Study,"
Journal of Family Strengths: Vol. 4
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol4/iss2/7