Strengths, needs, safety and risk
Therapeutic, supportive and concrete, including parenting classes, parenting and family workshops, and family activities
Initial Service Plan
Goals, action plans and monthly progress reports
Two-person family reunification teams
One master's-level team leader and one bachelor's-level family worker
Four months, with a possible two-month extension
24-hour/7-day staff availability
Specific assistance to meet concrete family needs
The Skillman Foundation evaluated the FRP from 1992 to 1995. Their report emphasized the substantial success of the model:
- 85% of children who completed the program were reunited with their families.
- 73% of those children remained safely at home with no further out-of-home placements 12 months after reunification.
- Children who required a repeat out-of-home placement were returned to their homes more quickly than those who had not received FRP services.
The Skillman Foundation report also indicated that the FRP was cost-effective for the State of Michigan. The state saved $5,283 per child during the 18-month period following FRP services.