Strengths, needs, safety and risk
Therapeutic, supportive and concrete, including parenting classes, parenting and family workshops, and family activities
Reunification 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
Family Support Service Duration
Four months, with a possible two-month extension
24-hour/7-day staff availability
Specific assistance to meet concrete family needs
Reunification Program Evaluation
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.
Reunification Program Cost-Effectiveness
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.