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Bibliography expanded and updated to reflect recent research. New paragraphs on the quality and cost of family preservation programs, on differential response child protection systems, and on the funding impact of the recent economic recession.

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date: 06 December 2019

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The history and development of family preservation as a home-based service in social work practice is traced, current research is reviewed, and future practice trends and challenges are outlined in this entry. Family preservation services are described in terms of a philosophy of practice as well as a specified service model.

Keywords: child welfare, family preservation, home-based services

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