A very important function of Department of Child Safety (DCS) is to identify services that assist in supporting and improving the family unit with the goal of maintaining children in the home and reunifying the family whenever safety possible. In-Home Services may be provided in the family's home, the child's current and temporary placement, or in DCS offices. Services are referral driven and are for children and their families as part of a case plan that are a result of a child abuse or neglect report, or for children and families who have a potential risk of abuse or neglect. Services are based on the needs, concerns and stressors of the child and family. Services also address the safety/risk factors and behavioral changes identified by DCS.
For more information, please contact the Statewide In-Home Services Program Coordinator.
To learn more about the In-Home Services Program click on to the links below:
- Program Description and eligibility
- Contracted Provider Information
- In-Home Services Audit
In April of 2012, a performance audit of the Department of Economic Security, Department of Child Safety Services—In-Home Services Program was completed by the Office of the Auditor General. This report was prepared pursuant to and under the authority vested in the Auditor General by Arizona Revised Statutes §41-1966.
- Evidence Based Practice
The DCS In-Home Services Program is working to improve our knowledge and expertise in the area of Evidence-based Practice (EBP) in Child Welfare. EBP is defined as a formal criteria made up of: best research, best clinical expertise and consistent with family and client values.
For more information and resources on Evidence-based Practices, please click on the links below:
- The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare, www.cebc4cw.org
- The Campbell Collaboration- is an international organization that aims to prepare, maintain, and disseminate high-quality systematic reviews of studies of effectiveness of social and educational policies and practices, www.campbellcollaboration.org.
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)-Select centers specializing in the treatment and research of victims of child abuse from across the United States have joined together to form the NCTSN, www.nctsn.org.
- National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) - is a service of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA, www.nrepp.samhsa.gov.
- The Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention's Model Programs Guide (CMPG) is designed to assist practitioners and communities in implementing evidence-based prevention and intervention programs that can make a difference in the lives of children and communities, http://www.ojjdp.gov/mpg
- SAMHSA: A Guide to Evidence-Based Practices on the Web-provides this Web guide to assist the public with simple and direct connections to Web sites that contain information about interventions to prevent and/or treat mental and substance use disorders, http://www.samhsa.gov/ebpwebguide