Family Protective Services
Family Maintenance (FM) provides time-limited protective services to families in crisis to prevent or remedy abuse or neglect, allowing Social Workers to work with the family while keeping the child in the home. Services can include counseling, respite care, substance abuse treatment, domestic violence intervention, victim services, and parenting education. FM may be based upon a voluntary agreement with the parents where the court is not involved, or the juvenile court may order services to be provided under Section 300 of the Welfare and Institutions Code. FM Services are provided for 6 months but may be extended if there is evidence that the objectives of the service plan can be achieved within the extended time period. If, after that time, the family is unable to adequately care for the child, the county may petition the juvenile court to place the child in out-of-home (foster) care.