In-home Family-focused Reunification: A Six-year Follow-up of a Successful Experiment
The services provided to 120 children (62 experimental and 58 control) by state welfare agencies were followed for six years to determine the long-term impact of intensive family-based services (the program now called Homebuilders).

In-home Treatment of Abusive Families: Cost and Placement at One Year
This is a preliminary report on a child abuse prevention project designed to keep abused children safely at home, using intensive in-home prevention services. M. A.-level therapists, available 24 hours a day for a 4-6-week period, worked with a maximum of two families at a time and provided help in practical matters of living, family therapy, and liaison with schools and other community services. Therapists received weekly individual and group supervision from the program director. Child abuse and neglect was approached as a family problem that required a family solution.

The HOMEBUILDERS Model of Intensive Family-Preservation Services
Homebuilders is an intensive in-home family treatment program designed to prevent unnecessary out-of-home placement in foster care, group care, psychiatric hospitals, or corrections institutions. This article is an overview of the program.

An Experiment in Family Reunification: Correlates of Outcomes at One-year Follow-up
The purpose of this article is to describe findings from an evaluation of a program developed to reunify foster children with their biological parents. The service involved: (a) building with parents collaborative relationships that were supportive and motivational; (b) strengthening family members’ skills in communication, problem-solving, and parenting; (c) addressing concrete needs for food, housing, employment, health and mental health care; and (4) providing in home support after initial reentry and during the reconnecting process.

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