In-Home Services Briefs

A Core Elements Approach to Child Welfare In-Home Services

This issue brief summarizes the Journal of Family Strengths article for practitioners. It adds one other  element – safety planning – which does not have a clear evidence base but is a core practice in most in-home models.

In-Home Services and EBP Registries

This brief provides an overview of evidence-based practice registries with applicability to child welfare in-home services and presents an analysis of the programs rated by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) to be the most relevant to in-home services.

Family Group Decision Making and In-Home Services

Family involvement in decision-making is critical to helping families achieve their goals. Family group decision-making originated as a practice to explore ways to avoid foster care placement, and a number of states are using family team meeting models to strengthen the family safety net and keep children safe and well at home.  Successfully involving the family in decision-making requires efforts at the practice, program, and policy levels.  The National Resource Center for In-Home Services conducted interviews and a literature review to develop a brief about successful implementation of family group decision-making while children remain at home.

Parent Peer Support Programs in In-Home Services

Research has shown the benefits of providing peer support for parents who are at risk of child maltreatment. The impact of parent peer mentor programs for parents who have lost their children and are working toward reunification is a relatively recent area of study that has shown some promise. These programs help to provide social support, information about community resources, and coping assistance to parents who are struggling with the challenges of parenthood. These supports can benefit parents and help prevent the removal of children from the home.

In-Home Services for Families of LGBTQ Youth

The brief by Diane Elze provides a rationale for early intervention with families of LGBTQ youths in order to strengthen families; prevent out-of-home placement, runaway behavior, and youth homelessness; and promote positive developmental outcomes for LGBTQ youths.

Exemplary Programs in Indian Child Welfare: Profile of Tribal and Urban Programs

This brief features five profiles of exemplary tribal and urban Indian child welfare programs that are being creative, culturally responsive, and effective in their efforts to keep children with their families.

Tribal In-Home Services Template

Partner tribes are engaged in a project to reduce the disproportionate out of home placement of Alaska Native children by the State Office of Children’s Services (OCS) using three key strategies (or goals). This planning template has been designed to increase the capacity of tribes to provide in-home services.