Based on available survey data, researchers described adoption among infants involved with the child welfare system.
Performance Improvement 2009. Are Caseworkers' Subjective Judgments Likely Used as a Basis for Determining That a Child Has Been Maltreated?
Researchers examined the relationship of caseworker judgments to the substantiation decision. Substantiation denotes child welfare system (CWS) services’ official decision about the validity of maltreatment allegations.
Performance Improvement 2009. Does a Child's Well-Being and Service Receipt Depend on Verifying Maltreatment?
Researchers examined the well-being of children in substantiated and unsubstantiated maltreatment cases. Researchers collected information about children’s access to child welfare, mental health, and special education services.
Performance Improvement 2009. What Development Needs Do Children Investigated by Child Protective Services Have and Do These Children Receive Early Intervention?
This descriptive study characterized the extent to which maltreated children had developmental problems or were subject to factors associated with poor developmental outcomes, what services these children might be eligible to receive, what factors influenced service receipt, and what solutions had been devised to address barriers to service provi
This pre-evaluation sought information on evaluating child welfare privatization initiatives, to be used by state and local program managers. Researchers identified key features of program evaluation and the tasks that program managers could perform to ensure successful evaluation. The study examined the value of cost-effectiveness analysis and t
Performance Improvement 2009. What Factors Do State and Local Officials Consider When Contracting for Child Welfare Services?
This study examined the decisions regarding child welfare privatization that must be made in cooperation with the provider community. Child welfare privatization (initiation and renewal) is accomplished through contractual agreements between local or state public agencies and private providers. An overarching theme of the study were these partner
This study examined several child welfare systems transition of case management functions from public to private agencies and analyzed how roles and responsibilities were shared and divided once privatization occurred. The history and complexity of defining privatization in child welfare services was reviewed. The study looked at how jurisdiction
This analysis described choices faced by agencies as they design child welfare privatization initiatives. It illustrated how various initiatives have defined their target populations and program scope, as well as how they have structured payments and distributed financial risk. Conclusions focused on how each program and fiscal design element mus
Performance Improvement 2009. How Does Involvement of Nonresident Fathers Affect What Happens to Their Children in Foster Care?
This analysis followed-up a previous study, What About the Dads. The original study examined child welfare agencies' efforts to identify, locate, and involve nonresident fathers of children in foster care. This study explored whether variation in (1) child welfare agencies’ contact with nonresident fathers and (2) fathers’ sup
This national, cross-site evaluation assessed whether the Greenbook Initiative succeeded in changing systems to better meet families' needs. The Greenbook Initiative is a multi-agency collaborative demonstration addressing the co-occurring problems of domestic violence and child maltreatment.
Performance Improvement 2009. How Do Child Care Arrangements Differ in Urban and Rural Areas of the Country?
Analysts compared non-parental care arrangements of pre-school age children in urban and rural areas of the United States using data from the 2005 National Household Education Survey (NHES), Early Childhood Program Participation Survey (ECPP). Data from the NHES show that among preschool-age children, those in rural areas were about as likely as
Performance Improvement 2009. With What Frequency Do Children In Contact With the Child Welfare System Qualify for Social Supplemental Security Income?
The child welfare system was reviewed. Children who have been placed in foster care have been found to be at a high risk of having a medical, social or behavioral disability. Researchers examined access to services for children in the child welfare system, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility among children living in out-of-home pla
Performance Improvement 2009. What Long-Term Employment Patterns Do Youth Too Old for Foster Care Exhibit?
Looking at California, North Carolina and Minnesota, this study assessed employment outcomes for former youth through age 24 by linking child welfare, Unemployment Insurance (UI) and TANF administrative data outcomes for former youth through age 24 in three states. A primary task for youth in transitioning to adulthood is sustaining employment to
Performance Improvement 2008. Appendix C - table of the studies in this report, organized by agency and office, indicating the Objective where the study may be found.
Elements of evaluation: Effective programs achieve results. Results derive from good management which requires good decisions. Good decision-making depends on good information. Good information requires good data and careful analysis. Creative project officers, skillful researchers, thoughtful and receptive leaders contribute to value-added e
Performance Improvement 2008. Appendix B - each agency's and office's program mission and evaluation program.
Agency Mission and Evaluation Program Statements
Performance Improvement 2008. Under What Circumstances Should a State or Community Consider Privatizing its Child Welfare Services?
This research provided information to State and local child welfare administrators considering privatizing foster care or adoption services. The analysis encouraged agency administrators and legislators to ask critical questions and make important choices prior to transitioning services to the private sector.
Performance Improvement 2008. How May Communities Better Assess Their Family Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment Services?
A community self assessment tool was developed based on lessons learned by demonstration projects that brought together public and private partners to help domestic violence and child welfare agencies and family courts work together more effectively to help families experiencing domestic violence. The evaluation focused on systems level changes wi
Performance Improvement 2008. How Can Domestic Violence Treatment and Prevention Providers More Effectively Help Battered Mothers in the Child Welfare System?
The complex issues of mission, confidentiality, and service delivery methods that arise, when differing programs collaborate on behalf of their clients, were studied in the context of a longstanding collaborative effort known as the Greenbook Initiative. The initiative brought together public and private partners at the Federal, State, and local l
Performance Improvement 2008. How May Domestic Violence and Child Welfare Programs Best Serve Families in Which Children are Endangered by Domestic Violence?
Process and outcome evaluations were conducted of several federally funded demonstrations intended to improve service provision to families with children experiencing domestic violence. The group of demonstration sites operated from 2000-2007 and were known as the Greenbook Initiative, named after a publication that launched the effort. The demons
Performance Improvement 2008. Are Social Services Block Grant Program Funds Used by States and Territories to Provide Services to Adults and Children?
Use of Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) Program funds were examined by this study. States use the flexible funding to provide a wide range of critical services to vulnerable older adults, persons with disabilities, at-risk adolescents and young adults, and children and families. Programs most frequently supported by SSBG include child care, chil