Annual Reports‎ > ‎

Family Preservation Services Annual Report


Family Preservation Services Program Summary



Program Description

The Family Preservation Services (FPS) Program serves children ranging in age from birth to eighteen, whose families are active with the Erie County Office of Children and Youth (ECOCY).   These children are at risk of removal from their home or are being reunified with their families following foster or kinship placement.


The components of the Family Preservation program include individual, couples, and family counseling. Depending on the family constellation and presenting concerns, counseling sessions are held with the entire family, with the parents/caregivers in the family, with individual children and/or with sibling groups in the home.


Services utilize a strengths-based approach to address personal, interpersonal, and family concerns.   Family Preservation Services program staff work with families to establish stability, consistency and structure; to constructively resolve problems and conflicts; to establish appropriate and age-congruent rules and expectations for children; and, to effectively communicate needs and expectations.  The primary focus of interventions is working with parents/caretakers to improve their relationships and ability to work together to care for their children. Skills-based interventions, including home and resource management, are also utilized.   The Family Preservation Services staff works with parents to maintain households that are free of hazards and safe for children.  Parents are assisted to budget their available funds so as to adequately provide food, clothing and shelter for their children.   In addition, the FPS program provides 24/7 on-call support.  



During this fiscal year, 33 unduplicated clients were served and 15 were discharged.



There are 3 staff positions in the FPS program:  one full time supervisor, one full time worker and one part time worker.  There were no new hires or losses during this fiscal year.



The FPS program productivity was 103% with a range of 98%-107% for individual staff.


Client Satisfaction Survey Results

Client satisfactions surveys were completed in January.  In addition to the 5 statements to which all agency clients were asked to respond, the 2 specific statements for FPS clients were “I am learning how to get support from family and community when I need help with my child” and “I feel that my FPS worker is assisting me to improve my parenting skills”.  There were 6 client surveys completed and all respondents answered agree or strongly agree to all statements.





Outcome Results

The FPS program outcomes are measured by the Mercyhurst Civic Institute as they are contracted by ECOCY to track program outcomes.  The defined outcomes were improved parenting and child safety. The outputs were the number of clients served, number of appointments attended, and the units of service delivered.  The data sources are the North Carolina Assessment Scale (NCFAS) and the Index of Parental Attitudes (IPA).  The indicators are improvements in parental attitude and maintenance or improvement of scores on the IPA and NCFAS (as reported by the Mercyhurst Civic Institute). The targets are established by the Mercyhurst Civic Institute who reports the results. 


Expectations for the Coming Year

It is expected that the FPS program will continue to receive a similar number of referrals over the next fiscal year and anticipate the program continuing at its current size.