ERIC Number: ED198455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov-23
Reference Count: 0
Older Paraprofessionals and Families in Distress: The Needy Old in Service to the Needy Young.
Geoglio, Gerald R.
As caseloads and reports of child abuse and neglect increase, social service agencies have developed new and varied approaches to effectively serve troubled families. Increasingly, the volunteer and the paid paraprofessional are being used to maintain needed services and to stretch limited dollars. The New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) utilized 33 participants of Federal Older Worker Employment Programs as paraprofessional aides to caseworkers. These DYFS foster grandparents provided in-home services to families suspected of abusing or neglecting their children. During the 15-month demonstration period 97 families were served. Pre- and post-test interviews and assessments of the older workers measured the effect of the foster grandparent's presence on the families. Findings revealed that significant changes in the abuse and neglect situations took place as well as measured changes in the older workers' morale and job satisfaction. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Jersey State Div. of Youth and Family Services, Trenton. Bureau of Research, Planning, and Program Development.
Identifiers: Foster Grandparent Program; New Jersey
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (33rd, San Diego, CA, November 21-25, 1980). Sponsored by the John and Florence Schumann Foundation.