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Family Preservation Services Annual Report

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FPS Program Summary

FY2017-2018

 

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.  

 

Clients

During this fiscal year, 42 unduplicated clients were served and 35 were discharged.

 

Staff

There are 3 staff positions in the FPS program:  one full time supervisor, one full time worker and one part time worker.  There was one loss of a FT worker and the replacement for that worker remained for only a brief time before leaving.  A replacement was not hired until after the close of the fiscal year.

 

Training

The FPS supervisor and full time worker completed 5 on-line (Relias) trainings:

 

Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence

                   Helping Children and Adolescent Cope with Violence and Disasters

                   Identifying and Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

Adolescent Substance Use Disorder:  Clinical Pathways

Overview of Psychiatric Medications for Children and Adolescents

 

In addition, The FPS supervisor and FT worker attended the 4th Annual Trauma Informed &

Resilient Communities Conference at Edinboro University.

 

The part time worker has completed numerous trainings (which fulfill Agency training

requirements) related to her FT position as a social worker at the Albion Correctional Facility.

 

Productivity

The FPS program productivity was 94% with a range of 89%-99% for individual staff.

 

Client Satisfaction Survey Results

Client satisfactions surveys were completed in March.  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 4 client surveys completed and all respondents answered agree or strongly agree to all statements including the 2 specific statements for FPS.

 

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, family stability, and child safety. The outputs were the number of clients served, number of appointments attended, and the units of service delivered.  The data source is the North Carolina Assessment Scale (NCFAS).  The indicators are improvements of scores on the NCFAS; children are at home with their families; and no new incidents of abuse/neglect.  Agency targets are that on at least 5 domains of the NCFAS at least 70% of families will be rated at baseline or above at closure; at 6 months post-closure, 90% of children will remain at home; and at 6 months post closure, 90% of families will not have new indicated/validated/founded incidents, as reported by the Mercyhurst Civic Institute.  The Civic Institute outcomes report was not yet available at the time of this report.

 

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 it is anticipated the program continuing at its current size.

 

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