Evaluation of the New York City Home Rebuilders Demonstration. 3.1.5 Summary

09/14/1998

Of the three true experimental agencies, the LF experimental group had more case closings and fewer days in care than the control group. In the other two experimental agencies, there is little evidence of a positive effect of HomeRebuilders on case closings and days in care. Among the nonexperimental agencies, the NYF experimental group had significantly more case closings and fewer days in care than the comparison group. The results for LF and NYF were confirmed in a regression analysis controlling for certain characteristics of the children.

About two-thirds of the children began the experiment with a permanency goal of return home; nearly all of the remainder had a goal of adoption. Many of the original goals of return home were subsequently changed to adoption, so that by the end of the experiment, in December 1995, the proportions had substantially reversed, with 55 percent of the children having been adopted or having a goal of adoption.

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