ERIC Number: ED343704
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
Home-Based Family-Centered Services: A Response to the Child Welfare Crisis. Occasional Paper No. 1.
Indiana Youth Inst., Indianapolis.
This paper proposes the use of home-based, family-centered services that are designed to encourage the healthy development of children in their families. Such services would constitute part of a comprehensive approach to the child welfare problem in Indiana. The goals of family-centered services are to: (1) preserve the integrity of the family; (2) link children and families with community agencies; and (3) strengthen families' coping skills. The impact, in human terms, of lack of family services is illustrated by a case scenario. The problems encountered by the family in this scenario could have been prevented by a family-centered service plan that included income assistance, child care, transportation, parent education, and social support. In financial terms, home-based, family-centered services would cost less than foster care and institutional placement. Several Indiana communities have recently implemented home-based, family-centered programs. Two such programs are Families United, which provides services to families in six rural counties; and the Family Life and Education Program, an urban home-based service model serving families in eight central Indiana counties. Appendixes include flyers describing the child welfare cost crisis and the Indiana child and family support campaign. (BC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana Youth Inst., Indianapolis.