Family Service Association of Wyoming Valley
“Stronger Communities Through Stronger Families”
Intensive Family Reunification Services (IFRS)

This program is a collaborative effort between Luzerne County Children and Youth Services (LCCYS) and FSA NEPA.

The goal of the program is to implement brief, intensive, family-focused reunification and permanency services for families who have children placed in foster care in Luzerne County. The program is designed to reduce the amount of time children spend in foster care by strengthening families. The team builds a child-focused partnership between the family, the community and human service agencies in order to support the family and facilitate planning for the safe reunification of children with their birth parents. When reunification is not in the best interest of the children, as determined by Juvenile Court, the team facilitates LCCYS in the permanency plan.

Who is Eligible?

This program is appropriate for families who have children placed in foster care and who, with timely intensive supportive services, are likely to reunify within six months time.

A family is assigned a Community Resource Specialist who will work closely with the family to identify community supports and service providers appropriate for and specific to that family.

The Community Resource Specialist is available during non-traditional hours. Effective intervention will address the family's basic needs (i.e. transportation, housing, food) before an impact can be made on the emotional and behavioral changes necessary to facilitate reunification. There are many service providers and community supports to which the Community Resource Specialist will be able to link the family, such as:

  • Individual, family and group counseling with a number of community providers.
  • Parenting education with an Intensive Family Reunification Case Manager.
  • Specialized services related to domestic violence, anger management and marriage counseling.
  • Contact the Team Today:

    • Jessica Ives, B.A. - IFRS Supervisor, Senior Case Manager
    • Jeannette Hontz - Case Manager
    • Jessica Rosencrans - Case Manager
    • Barb Blanner - Case Manager
    • Marisue Sack, B.A. - Case Manager
    • Paul Dorang - Case Manager