The program is designed to prevent family disruption and out-of-home placement by meeting the needs of a family in times of crisis.
The program works to empower families to provide adequate and safe care for the children by identifying their strengths, assisting them to find solutions and supporting self-reliance through short-term services in the home.
The program services the 10 ½ counties of Choctaw Nation and serves all federally recognized tribes. Offices are located in Durant, Atoka, Hugo, Idabel and Talihina.
Family Preservation Referrals
Because of isolation and scarce community resources Choctaw Nation members are often unable to find ways to help themselves during a family crisis situation. The Children and Family Services Family Preservation Program can make a difference through case referrals and screenings.
CFS accepts referrals from other Choctaw Tribal programs and facilities, state agencies, public referrals and also voluntary referrals. Once a case is found appropriate for the Family Preservation Program’s services, contact is made with the client/family to assess family conditions and services needed to maintain the family unit.
Family Preservation Assessment
Once a case is referred and found appropriate for the Family Preservation Program’s services, contact is made with the client/family, usually within one week. Initial contact is made in order to assess family conditions and services needed to maintain the family unit.
The family participates in the assessment to identify their strengths and weaknesses and an assessment process plan is completed. A Family Preservation Service worker helps the family determine the services needed by the family.
A Family Assistance Plan is completed based on the information received during the assessment interview.
Continued assessment of family progress – or other needed family assistance – is made by the Family Preservation Program worker who will make weekly contact with the family.
Family Preservation Services
The Family Preservation Program’s goal is to empower families to provide adequate and safe care for their children by identifying their strengths, helping them find solutions and supporting self-reliance through short term services in the home. Services are normally provided for a period of three to six months. There may be a one-time assistance due to a sudden crisis.
In addition the Program provides parenting skills classes to Choctaw families in the 10 ½ counties of the Choctaw Nation. Sites are determined based on referrals or requests by local communities or requests from state agencies, tribal agencies, churches or schools.
The Program provides educational material to Choctaw Nation field offices as well as the Choctaw Nation hospital and clinics throughout the 10 ½ counties. In addition the Program conducts Promoting Safe & Stable Families (PSSF) programs to local agency organizations throughout the year.
Family Preservation FAQ’s
What is the purpose of the Children and Family Services Family Preservation Program?
The Family Preservation Program provides prevention and intervention services for Choctaw children to remain with their biological or extended families and to decrease out-of-home placement of Choctaw children.
What are the types of assistance are available from the Family Preservation Program?
There are two types of assistance available from Family Preservation.
The first type of assistance is an in-home service program to assist the family in the prevention of child removal. This is done when our office receives a referral from another program to ask for our assistance in working with the family. We also could be asked to go into the home if a child has been placed back into the home. In both of these cases Family Preservation could do anything from parenting, budgeting, cleanliness of the home, discipline issues, helping find employment, child care assistance, or just about anything that is asked the initial referral. In this type of assistance Family Preservation will typically be involved for at least 90 days.
The second type of assistance occurs when the family is in a crisis situation. An example might be utility turnoff affecting a family with custody of a minor Native American child. When there is an immediate emergency Family Preservation will determine the process where it can help. In this instance a referral is not required. The family is simply facing a crisis that is usually not an ongoing problem. There doesn’t have to be a referral from another program when a family is in a crisis situation.
What is the role of the family in the assessment?
The family will participate in the family assessment to identify their strengths and weaknesses. The Family Preservation Case Worker will work with the family to complete a Family Assistance Plan based on information received during the initial assessment interview.
Contact the Family Preservation Unit
Please call or visit your local office for Family Preservation assistance.
Offices located in:
Atoka Field Office
P.O. Box 87
Atoka, OK 74525
Durant Headquarters Office
Durant, OK 74702
Phone: 800-522-6170 ext 2663
Hugo Field Office
P.O. Box 757
Hugo, OK 74743
Idabel Field Office
P.O. Box 1317
Idabel, OK 74745
Talihina (BIA Building)
P.O. Box 463
Talihina, OK 74571
Family Preservation Unit
Children and Family Services is committed to the preservation of Choctaw Families and our heritage.