Family Preservation Resource Library

In order to support contracted providers in their effort to offer evidence informed services through the Family Preservation Services (FPS) contract, the Family Preservation Resource Library was developed. The intent of this library is to offer support and inform a provider’s therapeutic work with families involved in the child welfare system.

Providers are tasked with building an intervention for families that is tailored to the individual and familial needs and strengths. Based on your work joining and assessing a family, using the Washington State CANS-F, the library below has skills, information, and strategies to be considered in building an intervention. Through this resource we hope to help bring forward the family’s goals and vision of change to support safety, permanency and well-being of the child(ren) in their home.

Joining with a family to understand their goals and needs is a critical step in building an intervention to help. Below are key areas and associated resources.

Treatment Planning Guide

Collaborative Planning - Creating a Roadmap for Change using the CANS

Engagement Strategies

Steps for Engagement

Decisional Balance Scale

Decisional Balance Sheet

Stages of Change

Cheat Sheet - Motivational Enhancement

Culturally Responsive strategies

CBT+ culturally Responsive

Trauma Informed Care resources

Trauma and the Brain

Service Enhancements

Domestic Violence Resources

Building Core Capabilities

Protective Capacities and Protective Factors: Common Ground for Protecting Children and Strengthening Families

CBT Help Sheets

As with families, there is a daily evolution of strategies and skills that may meet the needs of families in our communities. If there are skills, strategies, or resources that may further the Department’s mission of “Transforming Lives” please pass on that information to Taku Mineshita at

If you have questions or comments, contact Taku Mineshita at

The FPS Resource Library site contains links to websites owned by third parties. These links are provided solely as a convenience to you. Department of Children, Youth, and Families is not responsible for the content of any linked websites and makes no representations regarding the content or accuracy of materials on such sites. If you decide to visit any third-party websites using links from this site, you do so at your own risk.