FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Lifeline Youth and Family Services is at the helm of a new program to keep families together and create better outcomes for children in the foster care system.
A program under the Indiana Department of Child Services, the "Family Preservation" model launched in June 2020 with the intent to better support families prone to losing custody of their children and minimize children's trauma by home displacement within the foster care system.
“It’s an opportunity to provide better services and meet the families’ needs,” said Liz Day, Vice President of Home-Based services for Lifeline Youth and Family Services.
Lifeline staff say substance abuse remains a major problem for many at risk househoulds.
"It's definitely an issue that affects the whole family and not just one person," said Day.
The Family Preservation model allows care providers to individually assess a family’s needs versus having multiple care providers tackle thetheir problems, causing confusion in past cases.
The program centralizes the services provided to families, like Lifeline, who can advocate for a their needs and work on keeping families together.
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