IIS provides crisis intervention 24 hours a day, seven days a week to Missouri families who have a child at imminent risk who may be placed outside the home. The services provided are tailored to assist families in avoiding out-of-home placement and to connect and integrate them with existing community resources.
Families must be referred by an appropriate referral source - The family is facing the removal of a child(ren) - The family must be willing to accept IIS services.
Key points of IIS:
- Immediate response to crisis
- Focuses on the family strengths
- Services are provided in the home
- 24hour accessibility to specialist
- Enhances skills of the family
- Provision of concrete skills for meeting basic needs
Services Available to Families
- Resolving child abuse/neglect
- Promoting child and family safety
- Parenting education
- Child development training
- Support to individual, families and couples
- Sexual abuse, domestic violence, and substance abuse prevention education
- Communication and negotiation skills
- Home maintenance/housekeeping skills
- Developing linkages with community resources
- Job readiness skills
- Other services that meet the specific needs of the family.
How it works
If the referral is appropriate, then the family will be assigned to a specific specialist. The services provided are up to 20 hours per week and range from 4-6 weeks in length. IIS believes the best safety net for a child is parent(s) who are caring and capable, rather than the child being placed outside the home. Lastly, IIS offers counseling, education, listening, modeling, problem solving, child management, communication and negotiation skills, use of community resources, housekeeping skills, and a reasonable alternative to out-of-home placement.
Counties Served (Missouri)