Keeping Children Safe and Families Together

For the past 50 years, the Institute for Family Development (IFD) has been a leader in children and family services, advocating for cost effective and equitable policies and programs that keep children safe and families together. Our programs decrease the need to place children into foster care, residential treatment, and juvenile justice facilities. Families are served in their own homes and engaged as partners in change.

IFD developed the evidence-based HOMEBUILDERS® model of intensive family preservation services, which has been replicated across the country and internationally. We provide ongoing quality assurance, training, and consultation to public and private agencies replicating HOMEBUILDERS®.

In addition to HOMEBUILDERS®, IFD offers a range of high quality home based parent education and family counseling programs throughout Washington State, serving over 1000 families a year.

We are a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. Our strategic goals include providing proven programs and practices, influencing public policy, and maintaining a strong organization based on accountability, equity, and inclusion.


The evidence-based model of intensive family preservation services, developed by IFD, has been disseminated throughout the United States
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Washington State Programs

Strength-based parenting, behavioral health, and skill-building programs for children, youth, and families
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Work at IFD

About our workplace and current job openings
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