Evaluation of Family Preservation and Reunification Programs: Final Report - Volume One. 3.4.2 Lexington Procedures

12/01/2002

Based on Family Preservation yearly reports from Seven Counties, the number of referrals received from DCBS increased from 1996 - 1998. The number of referrals was 185 in 1996, 244 in FY 1997, and 294 in FY 1998. There was also a slight increase in the number of referrals accepted, 109 in FY 1996 as compared to 135 in FY 1998. For FY 1997 the referrals accepted were similar to FY 1996, 110. (28)

Table 3-7
Screening Protocol Responses
Screening Protocol Questions (%)
1. Number of children in family at risk of placement
One 35
Two 31
Three 16
Four 9
Five or more 8
Unknown 1
2. Number of previous substantiated abuse and neglect reports:
Two or more 60
One 25
None 14
Unknown 1
3. Substantiated or confirmed allegation in last six months:
Yes 85
No 12
Unknown 3
4. Has a child in the family previously been removed and placed in substitute care because of maltreatment
Yes 33
No 49
Unknown 18
5. Perpetrator currently living in the home made threats of physical harm to the family in the last two weeks?
Yes 12
No 51
Unknown 37
6. Perpetrator currently living in the family ever been convicted of a crime against a person
Yes 3
No 37
Unknown 60
7. Perpetrator currently living in the family abuses drugs
Yes 3
No 54
Unknown 43
8. At least one of the victims 3 years old or less
Yes 43
No 57
9. Single-female-headed household
Yes 48
No 52
10. Any income from employment
Yes 27
No 37
Unknown 36
11. Protocol score
0 <1
1 1
2 11
3 22
4 29
5 26
6 7
7 3
8 <1
Average Score 4.2
Table 3-8
Number of Cases Referred to the Screener and Enrolled in Study in Louisville
Month Number of Cases Referred to Screener Number of Cases Enrolled E C Total
May-96 43 6 9 15
June-96 37 10 4 14
July-96 37 8 8 16
August-96 Incomplete 3 7 10
September-96 46 5 2 7
October-96 40 7 9 16
November-96 52 9 7 16
December-96 41 4 1 5
January-97 42 9 3 12
February-97 31 8 10 18
March-97 34 3 7 10
April-97 40 11 14 25
May-97 24 8 6 14
June-97 20 4 6 10
July-97 37 9 9 18
August-97 21 11 4 15
September-97 22 11 4 15
October-97 38 10 22 32
November-97 26 8 15 23
December-97 Incomplete 5 5 10
January-98 29 9 11 20
February-98 23 1 3 4
March-98 29 Random Assignment Over  
April-98 28 Random Assignment Over  
Total 740 159 166 325
317 Net study cases, 6 inappropriate referrals and 2 cases referred twice

Although negotiations for Louisville and Lexington started at the same time, the study did not begin in Lexington until the end of August 1996, almost four months after start-up in Louisville. Setting up the experiment in Lexington met with much resistance by the local agency staff. Prior to the study beginning, staff morale was low and referrals to family preservation were waning. State office and family preservation personnel (both local and state) were committed to implementing the study. They hoped that the study would increase referrals to the FPP program. It was decided that the study would go ahead, and the state family preservation coordinator became the family preservation screener. Prior to this, screening of cases was done by the supervisor of the family preservation program, Bluegrass Comp Care. Thirty-two net study cases were enrolled in Lexington over eight months. Resistance of local public agency staff was not overcome, and it was decided that it was best to discontinue the experiment in Lexington.

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