Intensive Family Preservation

Prevention of unnecessary out-of-home placements

This program provides prevention of unnecessary out of home placements of children involved with the Department of Children and Families. Family Preservation is an intensive short term program designed to prevent unnecessary out of home placements of children involved with the Department of Children and Families.

After you are referred, you will meet for an intake meeting with your DCF worker and IFP Community Worker. At this meeting you will sign forms to set up services, and you and your DCF worker will openly identify any concerns and difficulties as well as the strengths of your family. Together we will arrive at goals to help make things better in your home.

It is a 12 week program (about three months) which meets at least two times per week, but can meet up to five times per week.

After this meeting your DCF worker and IFP worker will meet every two weeks to talk with you about your progress

Due to the limited time we have together, IFP makes every effort to keep appointments with the families we work with. Our expectation is that families will also make every attempt to keep appointments. If families miss two appointments in a row, or miss a total of four appointments, IFP services may end.

What about my privacy?

Your privacy is very important to us. We will only discuss your progress with DCF and other agencies after you authorize it with a signed release of information or due to the following exceptions: If we receive a subpoena; If someone in your family is a danger to themselves or others; If an IFP worker becomes aware of child/elder abuse or neglect, we are mandated by law to report that to the proper authorities.

Regular communication between your IFP worker and DCF is a requirement of this program.

This program provides strength-based, intensive with case management interventions to assist with:

  • Parenting strategies
  • Relationship issues
  • Communication skills
  • Anger management
  • School problems
  • Behavior problems
  • Life skills
We Provide

Referral and advocacy for families, home based services (lasting 12 weeks for Preservation), timely response to crises (7 days a week, 24 hours a day), two appointments per week (5 days a week w/evening hours), no cost to family for services.

To Access Services

Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut
Smith-Bent Children’s Center
7 Vauxhall Street New London, CT 06320
P: 860-442-2797
F: 860-701-3776

Useful Phone Numbers

Police, Fire, Ambulance: 911
Infoline: 211
DCF Careline: 800-842-2288
Poison Control: 888-343-2711
Suicide Prevention: 888-203-1234
Dept. of Social Services: 860-823-5000
Rape Crisis Services: 860-442-4357
Women’s Center: 860-447-0366

The Facts

Family Preservation is an intensive short term program designed to prevent unnecessary out of home placements of children involved with the Department of Children and Families.After you are referred, you will meet for an intake meeting with your DCF worker and IFP Community Worker. At this meeting you will sign forms to set up services, and you and your DCF worker will openly identify any concerns and difficulties as well as the strengths of your family.Your privacy is very important to us.

We will only discuss your progress with DCF and other agencies after you authorize it with a signed release of information.This program provides strength-based, intensive with case management interventions