Intensive Placement Stabilization

Intensive Placement Stabilization

Intensive Placement Stabilization (IPS)

Intensive Placement Stabilization (IPS) provides intensive support to high-risk children in foster care to stabilize placements and prevent entry into higher levels of care.  This program operates in Cook County as well as in Southern Illinois. Services are offered out of Charleston, Chicago, Collinsville, Effingham, and Mt. Vernon, Illinois.  IPS services cover over 32 counties in Southern, IL.  PII is a federal grant that was awarded to IDCFS to improve permanency for youth in care.  Illinois selected and is using an evidence-based intervention, TARGET, that is designed to help youth and family members learn how to better manage stress, learn effective emotion regulation, and thus help improve relationships between family members. This modality of counseling services is offered through our System of Care Program statewide.

Services Offered

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

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible for IPS services, a child or youth must: 1) be a ward of DCFS; 2) reside in or return to Local Area Network (LAN) 53, 56, 57, 84 or 85; and 3) meet one of the following criteria:

  • Child is in relative or traditional foster care and requires more clinically intensive services. The client’s caseworker is fulfilling his or her obligation regarding the provision of services.
  • Child is in relative or traditional foster care and is at risk of moving to another foster care placement or more restrictive placement.
  • Child lives in self-selected placement and the caseworker has determined that IPS services may help the child or youth maintain that placement.
  • Child is placed in Illinois via an interstate compact.
  • Child is in a more restrictive setting such as a group home, residential treatment or corrections facility, and requires time-limited additional services and interventions in order to successfully transition torelative or traditional foster care.
  • A notice of request for removal of the child from the home has been made by the foster parent (Cook County only).
  • Child is stepping down to the parent’s home from a public or private institution, and needs time-limited assistance to successfully facilitate the transition.
  • Child 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.

Who is NOT Eligible?

  • Clients served under a POS specialized foster care contract who are not currently stepping down to a DCFS or POS traditional or relative foster care placement.
  • Clients served in traditional or relative foster care whose needs can be met by services available through DCFS payment policy, traditional or relative foster care contracts, or casework staff.


There is no cost to families that fall within Title XX guidelines.


Non-crisis referrals:
Fax non-crisis referrals to 773.538.5396 or mail to the address listed below.

One Hope United will process the referral and notify you via 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 One Hope United representative.

Crisis referrals (after hours):

Contact the Crisis and Referral Entry Service (CARES) at 1.800.345.9049. One Hope United crisis response services are available 24-hours a day for all IPS clients.

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 One Hope United 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 One Hope United at or before this meeting, including information forms, comprehensive family service plans, school grades and behavioral reports, and social history/integrated assessments.

In addition, a mandatory Child and Family Team Meeting must occur within 14 days in order for all members to participate in the development of the client’s strengths-based Individual Plan of Care (IPC) 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 One Hope United so that everyone’s knowledge and experience is taken into consideration when this document is generated. One Hope United will develop a written review of this document, including progress made and changes in treatment goals and methods every 90 days.

One Hope United provides IPS services to LANs 53, 56, 57, 84 and 85. 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.

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