HOMEBUILDERS is home- and community-based intensive family preservation services program designed to improve family functioning and children’s behavior and to prevent out-of-home placement of children into foster or group care, psychiatric hospitals, or correctional facilities. It is the oldest and best-documented Intensive Family Preservation Services program in the United States. This program model engages families by delivering services in their natural environment, at times when they are most receptive to learning, and by enlisting them as partners in assessment, goal setting, and treatment planning.
Recommended service delivery intensity is three to five 2-hour sessions contact per week; an average of 8 to 10 hours per week of face-to-face contact, with phone contact between sessions. The average duration of service is four to six weeks, with two aftercare sessions totaling up to five hours that are available six months following referral. Program is typically conducted in the family home.

Prevent out-of-home placement of children through intensive, on-site intervention, and to teach families new problem-solving skills to prevent future crises.