Family Preservation Services
Each year thousands of Kansas children are abused or neglected by adults in their lives.
Thousands more display out of control behaviors such as truancy, substance abuse, arson, sexual abuse and running away from home.
Family Preservation Services are often the answer to ensuring children stay safe at home with their families.
The underlying philosophy of Family Preservation is that most parents can learn how to better care for their children and can keep them safe when appropriate supports and services are made available.
DCCCA has provided Family Preservation Services in Kansas since 1996.
At this time, services are provided in three of the five state regions.
Region 1 covers the area from Emporia east to the Missouri border and south to the Oklahoma border.
Region 2 includes the five counties in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.
Region 5 includes Sedgwick County and the City of Wichita.
All Family Preservation Services have the following in common:
- Low caseloads to allow frequent contact with the family.
- Most services are provided during visits to the family's home.
- Services address all family members and focus on child safety.
- Staff members provide family support in addition to therapeutic interventions.
- Each family may use up to $500 in flexible funds to ensure child safety or permanency.
- Coordination and referral to community services is vital to maintain family stability.
The DCCCA model for providing Family Preservation focuses on two overriding goals-keeping children safe and keeping families intact.
We prevent out-of-home placement through the use of wrap around services, family empowerment and advocacy and an individualized continuum of care.
The approach is crisis-oriented and directly addresses the situation that caused the
Kansas Department for Children and Families referral for services.
Family specialists, teamed up with support workers, stabilize the family in crisis, identify needs, coordinate with community services, develop skills, and plan for family self-sufficiency.
Once the intensive case is closed, a resource liaison is assigned who visits and telephones the family to provide follow-up and monitor child safety. A drug and alcohol counselor provides training to staff and families on the signs and symptoms of substance abuse and facilitates entry into treatment when necessary.
DCCCA's Family Preservation Contacts
* Indicates Regional Intake Center
Region 1 includes:
Chanute, *El Dorado, Emporia, Independence, Pittsburg and Winfield
Region 2 includes:
Region 5 includes:
Regional Office Listings