Voluntary Family Maintenance Services is the provision of non-court-ordered, time-limited protective services to families whose children are in potential danger of abuse, neglect or exploitation when the child can safely remain in the home and the family is willing to accept services and engage in corrective action. The agreement for voluntary services may be initiated by the CSW or by the court, per WIC 301(a) or 360(b). The parent/guardian must not be coerced into agreeing to VFM services by threats of removing the child/ren from the home.
Family Preservation Services
Family preservation services are short-term (maximum 90 days), family-focused services designed to assist families in crisis by improving parenting and family functioning while keeping children safe. Family preservation services grew out of the recognition that children need a safe and stable family and that separating children from their families is traumatic for them, often leaving lasting negative effects. These services build upon the conviction that many children can be safely protected and treated within their own homes when parents are provided with services and support that empower them to change their lives.