Family Preservation & Reunification

We offer DES-referred services to assist families in crisis, by applying intensive intervention strategies to promote safety, health and overall well-being in order to strengthen families and reduce trauma and out-of-home removals. Furthermore, when out-of-home removals cannot be avoided, these programs assist in working towards family reunification by developing realistic long term solutions. For non-DES family support services, please see Behavioral Health & Trauma/Crisis Response.

In-Home Family Support / Family Preservation Services

Arizona’s Children Association has provided In-Home/Family Preservation Services since 1989, when the program was one of only four pilot programs in the State of Arizona. Currently, In Home/Family Preservation is provided in every county in the state by AzCA teams, which are comprised of a Master’s level clinician and Bachelor’s level Family Support Specialist. Team intervention efforts are utilized to protect children at imminent risk of out of home placement due to abuse or neglect, by allowing the children to remain safely in their homes.

The purpose of the service is to provide goal oriented, intensive, time limited, strength-based in home crisis and supportive intervention, specifically designed to each family’s needs. The services may include parent education, counseling, family therapy, communication skills, domestic violence intervention and/or education, behavior management, home management and linkages to available community resources.

Families must be referred for the program by Child Protective Services and are designed for children and their families who are in need of services due to a report of child abuse or neglect, or for children and families who have a potential risk of abuse or neglect. The focus of the service is to improve the safety and well-being of families, enhance family functioning, increase competence in parenting abilities, foster a sense of self sufficiency, reduce any risk factors, increase protective factors, and stabilize placements. In Home services are typically provided in the family’s home, but maybe provided in other venues, such as in the child’s current placement.

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Parent Aide

Arizona’s Children Association provides Parent Aide services in five counties (Pima, Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee and Santa Cruz) in southern Arizona. Parent Aide includes a range of instruction, assistance and support services to parents to improve their skills and ability to fulfill parenting roles and responsibilities. The service also includes arrangement and supervision of visitation between children in out of home placements and their parents, guardians, siblings or significant others to promote a continued relationship and to put into practice and demonstrate necessary parenting skills as established in CPS Case Plan.

Parents are referred for this service through their Child Protective Services case manager to address identified safety threats, risks and required behavioral changes. The assigned Parent Aide works with the parents on education and training activities related to home management tasks, parenting and accessing emergency assistance and community resources with the goal of reunification of the family.

Parent Aide staff are trained in teaching and coaching parents in the use of the necessary skills, with the goal of the parents being able to perform the tasks independently. The program is designed to enhance and improve the caregiver’s competency in the target areas identified in the CPS Case Plan with the ultimate goal of strengthening family independence and responsibility. Parent Aide services are individualized and designed to build upon family strengths and resources.

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