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2  — Supported by Research Evidence
2  — Supported by Research Evidence
2  — Supported by Research Evidence
2  — Supported by Research Evidence
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About This Program

Target Population: Families with children (birth to 18) at imminent risk of placement into, or needing intensive services to return from, foster care, group or residential treatment, psychiatric hospitals, or juvenile justice facilities

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 17

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

Homebuilders® is a home- and community-based intensive family preservation services treatment program designed to avoid unnecessary placement of children and youth into foster care, group care, psychiatric hospitals, or juvenile justice facilities.The program model engages families by delivering services in their natural environment, at times when they are most receptive to learning, and by enlisting them as partners in assessment, goal setting, and treatment planning. Reunification cases often require case activities related to reintegrating the child into the home and community. Examples include helping the parent find childcare, enrolling the child in school, refurbishing the child's bedroom, and helping the child connect with clubs, sports or other community groups. Child neglect referrals often require case activities related to improving the physical condition of the home, improving supervision of children, decreasing parental depression and/or alcohol and substance abuse, and helping families access needed community supports.

Program Goals:

The goals of Homebuilders® are:

  • Reduce child abuse and neglect
  • Reduce family conflict
  • Reduce child behavior problems
  • Teach families the skills they need to prevent placement or successfully reunify with their children

Contact Information

Charlotte Booth
Title: Executive Director
Agency/Affiliation: Institute for Family Development
Website: www.institutefamily.org
Phone: (253) 927-1550
Fax: (253) 838-1670

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: August 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: July 2006