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TFI is dedicated to keeping families safely intact. Therefore, TFI’s Family Preservation services emphasize the importance of connections, warmth, genuineness, and being mindful and aware of the impact trauma has on child development and family systems.

To help families remain together safely, TFI utilizes a model that is characterized by mutual trust, respect, honesty and open communication between parents and service providers. In this model, families are active participants in the discussion and they are active decision-makers in selecting services for themselves and for their children. Key components of TFI’s family-centered model include:

  • Working with the family unit to ensure the safety and well-being of all family members.
  • Strengthening the capacity of families by increasing protective factors to prevent maltreatment.
  • Engaging, empowering and partnering with families throughout the decision and goal-making process.
  • Providing individualized, culturally competent, flexible and relevant services for each family.
  • Linking families with formal and informal collaborative, comprehensive, culturally relevant, community-based and faith-based networks including non-custodial/non-residential parents and extended family for supports and services.

Levels of Care

Tier One

Tier one is a therapeutic intervention. A therapist is assigned to work with the family weekly for 3-5 hours for six to eight weeks. A tier one referral is made if there is a child(ren) at high risk of maltreatment or mental health concerns are present. Therapists will make contact with the family within 24 hours and provide in-home family and individual therapy.

Tier Two

Tier two is a case management-focused model with a case manager and family support worker being assigned to work with the family. Services are provided weekly for three to six months, two to four hours a week. A tier two referral is made for families with a child(ren) where there are moderate to high risk factors. The family may or may not have affirmed or substantiated child abuse findings. The case manager and family support worker caseload goal is 12 to 15 families.

Both Tiers

The duration time for both tiers depends on each families’ level of engagement and ability to minimize safety and risk concerns. All families referred to TFI for Family Preservation services will be made through the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF). TFI works with DCF to determine the most beneficial level of service for the family.

Questions? Please contact Director of Family Preservation, Sarah Swain.


Sarah Swain
(620) 371-8779


Ashley Storrer
(620) 794-9591

Lindsey Miller
(620) 794-8462

Meghan Miller
(620) 794-6124

Anna Seehorn, LMFT
(620) 794-8750