ERIC Number: ED269689
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Home Based Care: Direction for the 80s.
Bryce, Marvin E.
Home based family centered (HBFC) service programs have been developed as alternatives to out-of-home placement. These programs have reported relatively high service success rates at costs signficantly lower than foster home and institutional care while, at the same time, avoiding the social and psychological risks of out-of-home placement. Variations in HBFC programs reflect the objectives and needs of the community served. Programs appropriately used as alternatives to substitute care are characterized by a primary caseworker, small caseloads, teamwork, 24-hour staff availability, service in the family home, comprehensive services, maximum use of family resources, provision of help with any problem, and keeping the parent in charge of the family. There are several advantages of HBFC programs. These programs surmount the professional distance barrier; highlight families' strengths; provide didactic teaching, modeling, coaching, counseling, rehearsing, and encouraging; and provide protective service workers and judges with safe and comfortable options for many families. HBFC programs have proven to be effective with families at risk of out-of-home placement and are beneficial to minorities. HBFC programs help to create a balanced child welfare system by providing a realistic option for families experiencing difficulties and the threat of out-of-home placement of one or more family members. (NB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Note: For related document, see CG 019 076.