What is the IFSP?

The IFSP is an Individualized Family Service Plan.

This is a document that says what services your child and your family will get. It is your document, and it reflects your concerns and goals for your child.

What you should know about the IFSP:

  • You will meet with your Family Service Coordinator (FSC), and maybe others, to create this together.

  • It will include your goals (outcomes)and the services that will help you and your child to reach them.

  • It is very flexible! You and the team will review it at least every year and make changes as needed. But you can ask to review it and make changes anytime you want.

  • It is a legal document, so there are rules about timelines, giving consent for changes, and providing the services it outlines. Ask your FSC to make sure you understand.

Click on the buttons below to see an overview of the form and the timeline that the EarlySteps program must follow:

The IFSP form describes the goals you have for your child and family, and the steps you will take to reach them.

This includes the services you will get, and also what you'll do at home. It's very detailed and complicated, but your FSC will walk you through the whole thing and fill it out with your input.

It includes these sections:

  • Child Information: Basic contact information

  • Family Concerns, Priorities and Resources: Describes your child's and your family's strengths, concerns and priorities.

  • Present Levels of Health and Development: Describes your child's health and development, as found in the evaluation and medical records.

  • Child & Family Outcomes and Strategies: Describes your goals (outcomes) for your child and family, and the kinds of teaching and learning that will help you reach them.

  • Early Intervention Services: Lists the kinds of services you will get, when and where they will happen, and who will provide them. (It also can say if you need transportation to these services)

  • Transition Plan: Outlines the activities that will help your child to get used to a new setting when they turn 3.

  • Assistive Technology Devices and Services: This lists any equipment or devices your child needs, and how it will be paid for.

  • Annual Signature Page: You will have to sign the IFSP before services start, and every year after re-evaluating.


Source: LDH

Image showing the process and wait time for an Individual Family Service Plan or IFSP with the text 'After you call or get a referral to EarlySteps, they have 45 days to create the IFSP with you. When the IFSP is done, they have 30 days to start the services. That is 75 days total from when you get the referral to when you start services.' 

Source: LDH, OCDD


Source: LDH