Family Preservation Step-Down Program

The Family Preservation Step Down Program is a Preventive Service offered by Family Services of Westchester, funded by Westchester County Department of Social Services.  Our target population are families that have one or more of the following: Families with history of alcohol and/or substance abuse; Families with one or more indicated child abuse or maltreatment reports; Families with a child(ren) in an Out-of-home placement or the risk of placement is high; Families raising children with physical, developmental, cognitive disabilities (who may be acting out) and/or Seriously Emotional Disturbance (mental health issues).  The Family Preservation Step Down Program is based on the Homebuilders Psycho-Education Model of Crisis Intervention. Unique features of the intervention include:

  • 24-hour-a-day availability
  • Maximum caseload of eight families per worker
  • Services located in the natural environment
  • Services responsive to client values and lifestyles
  • Appointments scheduled at the convenience of clients
  • Parent Skills-Based Interventions
  • Provision of concrete services for meeting basic needs
  • Approximately six months of intervention

Families can be referred to the Family Preservation Step Down Program by the Westchester County Department of Social Services.  Participation in this program is voluntary and there is no fee.

Families must meet one of the first 4 criteria and 5 through 7:

  1. The primary caregiver has a history of alcohol and/or substance abuse;
  2. The primary caregiver(s) has had one or more indicated child abuse or maltreatment reports;
  3. Out-of-home placement has occurred or risk of placement is high; due to alcohol or substance abuse, indicated reports of abuse or neglect
  4. The primary caregiver(s) requires support to raise a child with physical, developmental, cognitive disabilities (who may be acting out) and/or Seriously Emotional Disturbance (mental health issues). These children are at risk to enter the foster care system due to the parent(s) being overwhelmed in trying to sustain the child or children at home.
  5. At least one significant adult family member must be willing to work with the Family Preservation Step Down Worker.
  6. The family must be willing to spend an average of 3 hours per week for an approximate six-month period with the Family Preservation Step Down Worker.
  7. The goal for the child(ren) at risk is to continue to successfully thrive in the home of the parents or guardian.

If you would like more information, please contact:
Flor Noble, Supervisor
Family Services of Westchester
(914)738-1728 ext 29.