Until recently, “family preservation” had a very specific meaning. It usually was preceded by “intensive” and it referred to programs that rigorously followed the rules set down by the first intensive family preservation program, Homebuilders in Washington State. A Homebuilders intervention is brief, no more than six weeks, which has prompted critics to label it […]
When reporters cover government or industry they know they must “follow the money.” Yet when covering the child welfare system, that famous admonition often is ignored. Critics of family preservation are quick to charge that governments establishing family preservation programs are doing so only to save money. But often the financial incentives favor keeping children […]
How the Tribune’s panicky coverage of the Joseph Wallace murder case jeopardized a promising child welfare innovation – family preservation.