Developers of the Homebuilders model of Family Preservation Services, Intensive Reunification Services and Evidence based child welfare programs

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HOMEBUILDERS® has been listed as an effective reunification program in the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare".
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Welcome to the
Institute for Family Development
(formerly Behavioral Sciences Institute),
developers of the HOMEBUILDERS Program

Providing Services for Intensive Family Preservation, Intensive Family Reunification and Evidence Based Child Welfare Programs

The Institute for Family Development (IFD) provides a range of innovative and cost-effective in-home services to children and families, including HOMEBUILDERSŪ Intensive Family Preservation and Intensive Family Reunification Services (IFPS), Parent Child Interaction Training (PCIT), and Functional Family Therapy (FFT). The Institute's Intensive Family Preservation Services and Intensive Family Reunification Services, Parent Child Interaction Training, and Functional Family Therapy, are all demonstrated to effectively address the growing problems of family dissolution, child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency and family conflict.

Founded in 1982, the Institute's mission is to develop, deliver and disseminate evidence based child welfare programs to keep children safe, strengthen families, and reduce the need for placing children into state-funded care. The Institute's Intensive Family Preservation Services and Intensive Family Reunification Service (HOMEBUILDERS) is internationally renowned and has been designated a "model family strengthening program" by the United States Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

For over 20 years the Institute has provided training and technical assistance nationally and internationally to public and private human service agency professionals. In addition to training and site development for those who wish to implement programs like HOMEBUILDERSŪ Intensive Family Preservation Services, the Institute offers a wide variety of other training topics.