The Individualized Family Service Plan

Planning for your Family's Success


The Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is the foundation of services that are family-centered. It is based on the child’s strengths and family concerns and priorities for the child. Parents are to actively participate in the process of assessment and planning by gathering information about medical and developmental history and by sharing observations about the child’s strengths, talents, preferences and difficulties.

The plan should be:

  • Responsive to individual family concerns, strengths, and priorities
  • Supportive to family routine, values, culture, and community
  • Fully explained
  • Should have a statement of the child’s level of development
  • With permission, a statement of family resources, priorities and concerns
  • A statement of outcomes
  • A statement of which early intervention services are to be provided
  • A statement of expectation for beginning, how often provided, and how long they will continue.
  • A plan for transition
  • The name of your service coordinator

The IFSP is not a document, it is an ongoing process. (Title 17 Public Health Division 2 Health and Human Services Agency DDS Chapter 2 E.I. Services) Parents rights are defined in Federal Part H Regulations (section 303, 400-460) and the California Early Intervention Services Act.

Some features include:

  • Informal consent
  • Prior written notice
  • 2-Review of records
  • Confidentiality of records
  • Resolution of concerns (due process)