Proactive Approach to Family-Based Crime Prevention: Family Preservation vs. Multi-Component Programs

Tammy Castle, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Family preservation programs seek to avoid out-of-home placements for children suffering from abuse, neglect, inadequate parental supervision, and children with behavior problems. These programs have increased in number in the 1990s, in part due to the success of early family prevention services. However, evaluations of these programs have provided mixed results. Citing recent program evaluation studies, this paper argues that a multi-component approach to family-based crime prevention is more effective than the reactive approach evidenced by the family preservation programs.

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