According to Child Welfare Information Gateway, “ Family preservation services are short-term, family-focused services designed to assist families in crisis by improving parenting and family functioning while keeping children safe.”
In other words, “family preservation” is a service that basically describes exactly what it intends to do – which is to preserve the family. These services are typically community-based and aimed at preventing family crises that might otherwise result in the abuse, neglect, or out of home placement of the family’s children. Family preservation specialists meet with clients, often daily, to teach such skills as positive parenting, conflict resolution, anger management, coping-skills, and activities of daily living (ADLs).
Family Preservation Specialists work with parents to improve their overall parenting skills and to assure that the parents are providing a safe, stable, and nurturing home for their children…one that is free of neglect and/or abuse.
“Teaching families how to resolve their conflicts in a calm and constructive manner” is another goal that family preservation aims to achieve. Effective conflict resolution can easily prevent a “difficult situation” from escalating into a full-blown crisis.
The ability to manage one’s anger is an important skill that each family member must learn. Family Preservation Specialists are often able to provide a variety of anger management techniques or they can direct the person in need of such skills to a relevant training, class, or counselor. Coping-skills play a major part in managing one’s anger.
Activities of Daily Living
“ADL’s” involve basic living skills such as hygiene, job-searching, budgeting money, accessing services, paying bills, managing time, and so on. Family preservation services generally offer tips and advice related to each of these daily activities.
Family Preservation Help?
The Parent Coach Plan is an in-home child behavior program that could greatly benefit those that work with families, especially those that work in the position of Family Preservation Specialist. The Parent Coach Plan is a basic “how-to” guide for parents that are looking to provide a more consistent and structured environment for their children. It includes discipline tips, parenting advice, behavior management tools, and even a section that helps teach coping-skills to children. Then, of course, there is the behavior program itself…easy to use and highly beneficial to anyone that uses it!
The Parent Coach Plan: Helping Those That Help Others