Performance Improvement 2004. evaluation of family preservation and reunification programs: final report

01/01/2004

The Evaluation of Family Preservation and Reunification Programs, conducted between 1994 and 2002, studied four local programs providing services intended to improve family functioning and reduce unnecessary foster care placements. This traditional, experimental-design evaluation examined outcomes of sites that each used the popular HomeBuilders service model which provides intensive services to families over a period of approximately 6 weeks. The report discusses family outcomes approximately one year after program entry. Key findings include: (1) Families served experienced a range of problems. (2) Participating families received a wider and deeper array of services than did the comparison group who received the community’s “usual services”. (3) Foster care placement was not reduced. (4) Child safety was maintained. (5) Family functioning did not generally improve. (6) All subgroups experienced similar outcomes. (7) Families thought their lives had improved. Programs were evaluated in Louisville, Kentucky; seven counties in New Jersey; Memphis, Tennessee; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Volume 1 of the report includes chapters providing a study overview; study methodology and implementation; site descriptions; and family descriptions. Volume 2 includes information on services; outcomes; the Philadelphia program not described in interim reports; an attrition analysis; data on social supports; information about investigating workers and program staff; and conclusions. Volume 3 includes the study instrumentation.

http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/evalfampres94/

PIC ID: 5337.4
Agency Sponsor: ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy
Federal Contact: Radel, Laura, 202-690-5938
Performer: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD

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