Helping Families

The mission of the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is to serve as the primary national voice for the preservation of families.

What is NFPN?

The National Family Preservation Network is...

A private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1992. We have a proactive board and staff with many years of experience in providing services that strengthen families through our far-reaching network supported by individuals, businesses, organizations, foundations, and governments sharing NFPN’s mission and goals.

NFPN improves the well-being of children by:

  • Promoting Intensive Family Preservation Services to keep families together and prevent unnecessary out-of-home placement of children. Nationwide, over 80% of families remain intact after receiving IFPS.
  • Promoting Intensive Family Reunification Services to successfully and safely reunite children with their families when out-of-home placement has occurred. Several studies by NFPN show that 70% of children have been safely reunified with Intensive Family Reunification Services.
  • Providing assessment tools that measure family functioning with a wide variety of services. NFPN’s assessment tools are used in the child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, behavioral health, schools, and other systems.
  • Encouraging fathers to be involved with their children and thus ensure better outcomes for children. NFPN’s father-involvement curricula targeted to frontline workers are unique, research-based, comprehensive, and available as online courses.
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NFPN is the national leader in:


  • Developing and testing family assessment tools. Over 900 agencies around the world use the assessment tools in more than 20 countries. Each tool has been field-tested successfully to establish reliability and validity. Two of the tools have been ranked as most promising for the child welfare system and are recommended for use by registries for evidence-based practice.
  • Developing training materials for frontline workers on father-involvement. NFPN developed the first-of-its-kind fatherhood training curriculum and successfully completed the first-ever demonstration project showing that with training and assistance, child welfare workers increased their efforts to involve fathers in their children’s lives.
  • Linking cutting-edge research, tools, and resources to direct services. Over two dozen research studies of NFPN’s tools and resources are linked to effective services in the areas of family preservation, reunification, father-involvement, prevention and early intervention, juvenile justice, housing services, school programs, and home visitation.
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Board of Directors

Dr. Anne Cornell, Chair

Chief Clinical Officer
Atlanta, Georgia

Ryan Estes, Vice-Chair

Chief of Clinical Innovation & Technology
SAFY of America
Multiple States

Sheila Searfoss, Secretary

Family Facets
Columbia, Missouri

Patricia Mowry, Treasurer

Vice President Clinical Services
Health Connect America, Inc.
Tyrone, Georgia

Marc Crandall

Program Supervisor
Lifestream Behavioral Center
Eustis, Florida

Todd Hickman

Chief Clinical Officer/Co-Founder
Health Connect America, Inc.
Memphis, Tennessee

Moneefah Jackson

New Day - In Home Treatment & Supportive Services
Easton, Pennsylvania

Tammy Miller

South State Director
Canopy Children’s Solutions
Collins, Mississippi

Phillip Polk

Child Protective Services Supervisor
Gila River Indian Community: Tribal Social Services
Phoenix, Arizona

Joshua Main

IFPS State Program Coordinator
Coastal Horizons Center
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Dr. Michael Eversman

Associate Professor
Rutgers University
Newark, New Jersey


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