This exploratory, qualitative study examined practitioners' perceptions about family preservation practice. Findings reveal a wide range of identified strengths as well as the limitations of such a model. Interestingly, the most frequently identified strengths were value based rather than practice based in perspective whereas limitations were practice based. Keeping families together was the most common perceived strength but concern about children's safety by keeping the family intact was a frequently reported limitation. Further, lack of support and a lack of theoretical clarity were identified as considerable limitations. Implications suggest these practitioners (mostly child welfare/mental health workers) believe in the approach for the sake of keeping families together but are concerned with endangering the child in the process and recognize the need for theoretical guidance.
Hilbert, Judith C.; Sallee, Alvin; and Ott, James K.
"Perceptions of Family Preservation Practitioners: A Preliminary Study,"
Journal of Family Strengths: Vol. 5
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol5/iss1/7