Intensive Placement Stabilization (IPS)

Intensive Placement Stabilization (IPS)

A partnership with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) allows Cunningham Children’s Home to provide Intensive Placement Stabilization (IPS) services for children and youth in Champaign, Vermilion, Ford and Iroquois counties.

The IPS program is designed to help promote DCFS’s goals of safety, permanency and well being for the children and youth it serves. To accomplish this, IPS provides short-term services, interventions and support to children and youth with emotional and/or behavioral problems who are identified as being at risk of placement disruption.

As an IPS provider, Cunningham works with families, schools, communities, and others to coordinate services and interventions for issues that may put foster care placements at risk and helps youth achieve stable living situations.

Services Offered

  • Placement stabilization services
  • Crisis intervention
  • Community linkage
  • Foster parent support
  • School intervention and tutoring
  • Court advocacy
  • Mentoring services
  • Enrichment activities
  • Brief individual and family counseling for foster and natural families

Who is eligible?

Children and youth in the custody or guardianship of DCFS who meet the following criteria are eligible for IPS services:

  1. Reside in or return to Local Area Network (LAN) 24 or 25;
  2. Meet one of the following:
  • Reside in relative or traditional foster care placement and the client’s caseworker is fulfilling his or her obligation regarding the provision of services; open DCFS case still exists; youth is at risk of moving to another foster care placement or more restrictive living arrangement;
  • Placed in a more restrictive setting and requires more clinically intensive services;
  • Stepping down from residential care or youth in specialized foster care may be eligible by exception;
  • Needs continuing or expanded post-hospitalization services that are not part of the Screening, Assessment and Support Services (SASS) program or whose needs exceed the service timelines of the SASS provider.

Primary Funder

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Contact for Referral

Penne Biggers, BS; Intake and Admissions Assistant
Cunningham Children’s Home
1301 N Cunningham Ave, Urbana, IL  61803-0878
217-367-3728 (office); 217-367-5910 (fax)

Cunningham Children’s Home will process the referral and notify you via email or fax whether the referral has been accepted or deflected within two business days. An initial referral is NOT complete until the caseworker has forwarded the IPS referral form, integrated assessment and CFS 497 Service Plan, and has discussed the referral with a Cunningham representative.

What happens when a referral is accepted?

A strengths-based, child-centered meeting must occur within five days of acceptance in order for us to be able to evaluate the case and make a final determination as to the appropriateness of IPS services.

In order for Cunningham Children’s Home to provide the best possible services, it is important that the client, foster parent(s) and referring agency caseworker attend this meeting.

All pertinent written information must be made available to Cunningham Children’s Home at or before this meeting, including information forms, comprehensive family service plans, school grades and behavioral reports, and social history/integrated assessments.

Additional meetings will occur over the first 30 days in order for all members to participate in the development of the client’s strengths-based Mental Health Assessment (MHA) and Individual Treatment Plan (ITP) that is based on the results of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment tool and includes treatment goals and the methods used to achieve these goals.

It is vital that the client, foster parent and referring agency caseworker work closely with Cunningham Children’s Home so that everyone’s knowledge and experience is taken into consideration when this document is generated. Cunningham Children’s Home will develop a written review of this document, including progress made and changes in treatment goals and methods every 90 days.

Cunningham Children’s Home provides IPS services to LANs 24 and 25. If you are not sure which LAN your foster home is located in, or if you feel you may need IPS services for a child that resides in a different LAN, please call the CARES line at 1.800.345.9049.

Intensive Placement Stabilization (IPS)