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Home Based Clinical/Case Management

Homebuilders is an evidence-based model designed for families with children at imminent risk of placement, or children in placement who cannot return home without intensive intervention. Implementation of the model strengthens families through careful assessment, teaching of skills, and overcoming barriers to success.


Presenting problems may include:

  • Child abuse
  • Neglect
  • Family conflict
  • Domestic violence
  • Substance abuse
  • Mental health problems

Homebuilders Practitioners

Homebuilders Intensive Family Preservation Services practitioners typically serve two families at a time and are available 24/7.  They work with each family in their home for an average of 8-10 hours per week. Services typically last for 4-6 weeks with up to two “booster” sessions after the intervention is complete.

Practitioners provide a wide range of therapeutic services using research-based methods to engage families. Cognitive behavioral interventions are used to increase life skills and improve individual and family functioning. In addition, practitioners help families enhance their social support network and access basic needs such as food, shelter, and clothing.

What Does Homebuilders Offer?

  • Close monitoring of high risk situations.
  • Proven effectiveness in keeping families together when placement is imminent.
  • Cost effective compared to placement.
  • Intensive services into the family home 3-5 times a week, at times when services are most needed and effective.
  • Collaborative service planning and frequent updates to referrer.
  • As many (or more) hours of service over 4-6 weeks as traditional counseling can offer over 6-12 months.
  • A model that follows tested standards and includes quality improvement in its basic design.
  • A model that has been extensively tested and replicated in the child welfare system.
  • Teaching of skills to families so that the child can safely remain in the family home.
  • An intervention model recognized as outstanding by the U.S. Surgeon General, the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the California Evidence Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare, and the Washington State Institute for Public Policy.