Evaluation of the New York City Home Rebuilders Demonstration. 3.1.4 Goals

09/14/1998

Goals for the case often changed in the course of work with the family. Table 3-10 shows goals at the time the experiment began by goals at the time the experiment ended in December 1995.

The most frequent goal change was from return home to adoption (39% of cases with an initial goal of return home were changed to adoption). When adoption was the initial goal, it was infrequently changed (90% of initial adoption goals remained adoption at December 31, 1995).

Table 3-10.  Permanency goal at December 31, 1995
by goal at beginning of the experiment
(numbers, row percents in parentheses)

Goal at July 1, 1993 Total (column %) Goal at December 31, 1995
(or last goal before that)
Return Home Adoption Other
Total N 2974 896
(30)
1635
(55)
443
(15)
Return home 1919
(65)
838
(44)
744
(39)
337
(18)
Adoption 937
(32)
44
(5)
841
(90)
52
(6)
Other 118
(4)
14
(12)
50
(42)
54
(46)

Note:  "Other" goals include independent living, "other primary resource," and "placement prevention."

Changes in goals by agency are shown in Appendix Table B-11. For cases with an initial goal of return home, the variation among agencies in percent of cases with changed goals was not large (from 48% in the LF control group to 66% in the HD control group and NYF experimental group). However, the proportion of changes from return home to adoption did vary considerably, from 19 percent in the LF experimental group to 53 percent in the HD experimental group. Most cases with an initial goal of adoption continued to have that goal in the agency subgroups. The exception is the LF experimental group, where changes occurred in 80 percent of the small number of cases (15) with an initial goal of adoption.

It has been suggested that "managed care" programs like HomeRebuilders should result in quicker decisions on courses of action to take. It was thought that in HomeRebuilders, changes of goals might occur more quickly than in the comparison group. Thus, dates of the last goal change were examined. Details are shown in Appendix Table B-12. Although there were few significant differences, the date of the last goal change was, on average, earlier in the experimental groups, consistent with expectations. The exception was decisions to move to adoption in LF, where such decisions took longer in the experimental group.

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