Family Based Safety Services (FBSS) is also known as Family Preservation (FPR).
Families may be referred for FBSS when Investigations (INV) or Alternative Response (AR) determines that there is an unresolved danger indicator in the family. Families may also be referred for FBSS when INV or AR determines that:
• the family’s overall risk level is high or very high;
• the family and its safety network have not historically been able to keep the child safe;
• the family needs additional support from DFPS to ensure that the behavior changes needed to keep the child safe have been demonstrated over time and are sustainable; and
• the INV supervisor and program director have reviewed the case and determined that removal is either not indicated or not possible.
After completing the safety and risk assessments and determining that a family meets the criteria for FBSS, staff must complete the referral or transfer process within 14 calendar days. The time frame begins the day the investigator completes the referral documentation and sends to FBSS.