2000 Jordan Institute
Vol. 1, No.
Preservation Services (FPS) Beliefs
- Safety of the child is the first concern. The first task of
the FPS worker is to stabilize the crisis that places the child at imminent
risk of placement, in order to ensure the child's safety.
- Children have a right to their family. FPS exists to protect
this right--out-of-home placement is a last resort.
- The family is the fundamental resource for the nurturing of children.
FPS Programs work to keep families together.
- Families are diverse and have the right to be respected for their
special cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious traditions. Children
can flourish in different types of families. A lack of cultural competency
has made families of color especially vulnerable.
- A crisis is an opportunity for change.
- Inappropriate intervention can do harm. FPS providers must
be extremely careful due to the circumstances and intensity of their
involvement with families.
- Families who seem hopeless can grow and change. Crisis is an
opportunity for positive change.
- Family members are our colleagues. We must form effective partnerships
in order to accomplish common goals. We can't do it without harm.
- It is our job to instill hope. It's easy to understand why
families eligible for FPS may feel hopeless. If we can instill hope,
we have built the foundation for change.
For more information
on family preservation, please see Children's Services Practice Notes
Volume 5, Number 1 "Child Welfare and Family
N.C. Department of Human Resources. (1992). North
Carolina families, family preservation services policies and standards.
Raleigh, N.C.: Family Preservation Services Program, N.C. Department of
1996 Jordan Institute for Families