Family Preservation

We 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. When out-of-home removals cannot be avoided, these programs assist in working toward family reunification by developing realistic long-term solutions. For each of these three programs, families must be referred by the Department of Child Safety (DCS).


In Home / Family Preservation Services

Team intervention efforts are utilized to protect children at risk of out of home placement due to abuse or neglect, by allowing the children to remain safely in their homes. 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.

The services are specifically designed to each family’s needs and may include: parent education, counselling, family therapy, communication skills, domestic violence intervention and/or education, behavior management, home management and connections to available community resources. 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.


We currently provide Parent Aide/Supervised Visitation services in six counties (Pima, Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee and Santa Cruz) and Case Aide (Supervised Visitation Only) services in four counties (Maricopa, Pima, Cochise and Graham).

Parent Aide services include the arrangement and supervision of visitation between children in out of home placements and their parents, siblings or significant others. The program provides a range of instruction, assistance, and support services to parents to improve their skills and ability to fulfill parenting roles and responsibilities.

Case Aide services promote a continued relationship between children in out of home placement and their parents by monitoring regular visitation in a safe and secure environment. These individualized services are designed to address identified safety threats, risks and required behavioral changes.

Building Resilient Families

Our staff assist in supporting and building resilience within families through a continuum of family-centered services that include needs assessment, family support, parent aide services, parenting training and referring families to available community resources. Currently offered in Maricopa County, the program is designed for specifically selected low-risk child abuse and neglect cases. The referral is made after the DCS investigation has been completed, the children have been found to be safe and the DCS case has been approved for closure.