Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) provide counseling and assistance to families, primarily in their home or community, to prevent the out-of-home placement of children. The services may be provided for four weeks (Regions 10 & 11) or four to six weeks (New Hanover County) with the family and counselor meeting at least 10 hours per week.
Services include parent training, concrete services, anger management, case management, individual and family counseling, transportation to services, referral to other resources, domestic violence counseling, substance abuse counseling and behavioral management training.
Follow-up services with the family are provided for up to one year after discharge. The program is state and federally funded and provided free of charge to the families.