Intensive Permanence Services for youth, families and agencies Intensive Permanence Services

After multiple losses and broken relationships, normal, healthy brains turn off their ability to connect.

Intensive Permanence Services (IPS) help youth grieve and heal from past losses, enhancing individuals' ability to engage in and form healthy, stable relationships. IPS reduces the effects of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and other losses by mitigating the impact of trauma on persons served.

Intensive Permanence Services Is:

  • Innovative and youth-driven
  • Effective in promoting healing and reducing pain-based behaviors
  • A supplement to therapy or a stand-alone service

Intensive Permanence Services helps...

Youth who have a history of trauma or losses exhibit challenging or disruptive behaviors or seem unable to connect in meaningful relationships. Including…

  • Youth who have been adopted
  • Youth living in out of home care
  • Youth involved in child protection or mental health
  • Youth living with grandparents or other relatives
  • Youth involved in corrections

After others have given up on youth, we have found success and hope.

The need for Intensive Permanence Services is supported in research...

Strong, positive connections in the family and community are associated with lower levels of unhealthy risk-taking and the development of a caring, confident, and competent young person.1 Without stability and continuity within relationships to secure attachment, it is difficult to resolve painful losses and actualize a more secure sense of the future.2

[1] National Institute for Permanent Family Connectedness, 2009
[2] Henry, Darla. The 3-5-7 Model: Preparing Children for Permanency, 2005

To make a referral, call 1.877.287.2441, or complete a referral form online.


What does the IPS program look like?

We engage in a wide range of activities that combine evidence-based models and holistic approaches to create safety, trust, and healing while providing psycho-education on grief, loss, and trauma.

How is IPS/ITS different than therapy?

IPS/ITS is not therapy, but it’s therapeutic. The specialists work alongside the client, typically within the client’s home or community, to heal their grief, loss, and trauma at the pace of the client. Additionally, the specialist works in collaboration with therapists to ensure everyone is on the same page, and focus on different goals with the client.

What does youth-driven mean?

Youth-driven means the client has the ability to hire/fire the Intensive Permanence Specialist without risk of being penalized by the team. It is the client’s healing work to do, and only they can determine if/when they’re ready for it, and if so, at what pace. If they so choose to fire their specialist, there are clear guidelines they must follow to insure it is truly what they want to happen.

Why is the timeline 18-24 months?

IPS has four phases; Trusting, Healing, Connecting, and Supporting. As in any relationship, Trusting must happen first as it is the foundation. Based on the client’s trauma history, this phase can take anywhere from 9-12 months and is often continually tested throughout the relationship with the Intensive Permanence Specialist.