Intensive Family Based Services is a short term, in-home service that works to restore positive functioning in families who would benefit from a variety of coordinated services that are tailored to meet each family’s specific needs. IFBS is offered to families who live in Windsor and Orange Counties in Vermont.  

Services Provided

IFB assists parents, children and teens by:

  • Improving communication and problem-solving skills
  • Addressing the child’s emotional/behavioral difficulties
  • Teaching parenting skills
  • Providing substance abuse assessment and family-centered treatment

IFB aspires to help families find solutions to their problems and to preserve their well-being

Who IFBS Serves?

Families with children who:

  • Exhibit difficult behaviors
  • Conflict with parents, school, community
  • Are hyperactive or have anxieties or other emotional challenges
  • Have suffered the effects of past abuse and/or neglect
  • Or families who need help with reunification

Our Approach

IFB staff can work with families for up to 13 weeks.  We are committed to a treatment model that is--

  • Based on strengths
  • Focused on solutions
  • Short-term
  • Centered on family

Program Goals

  • Stabilize the family and establsih effective functioning
  • Prevent out-of-home placement of the child, or facilitate family reunification
  • Help family gain knowledge and skills to ensure child safety and well-being
  • Identify and achieve child and family goals
  • Improve parent-child communication and problem-solving skills
  • Understand child development and enhance nurturing
  • Provide substance misuse assessment
  • Family-centered treatment
  • Trauma-focused, community-based therapy/child-parent psychotherapy (specializing in attatchment disorders)


Families come to IFB in many ways.

  • Self
  • Schools
  • Medical professionals
  • Mental health agencies
  • Social service agencies
  • DCF

For fast, responsive service,
Call:    603-518-4174

(Funding provided by the State of Vermont DCF)



VT Division for Children and Families and referrals from the community



Areas served:  
Orange and Northern Windsor Counties, VT






Jessica Putnam, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The service is fully funded by the State of Vermont Social Rehabilitative Services (SRS)