ERIC Number: ED365761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Learning To Sing from the Same Sheet of Music: A Study of Family Preservation Integration Projects for High-Risk, School-Age Children and Their Families in Minnesota.
Wattenberg, Esther; And Others
This study of family preservation projects was initiated in order to have a clearer understanding of the ways in which local agencies collaborate to help families maintain a nurturing home and avoid out-of-home placement for children, and how school-age children are helped to remain in their homes and communities. An attempt to identify projects entered into by county social service agencies in Minnesota on behalf of school-age children through interagency agreements received 45 responses. Thirty-one that had been implemented for at least 6 months were selected. After telephone interviews with representatives of these projects, seven were selected for on-site focus group discussions. The evidence from this study indicates that families benefit from a more coherent approach to providing services. Although the number of agencies with which families interacted was not reduced, families often received more services in a more coordinated fashion. It has been difficult for the agencies to form these projects in the face of different eligibility standards for reimbursement and competing philosophies of family preservation, but it is apparent that family preservation programs can go some way toward easing the lives of multi-problem families. Appendixes contain interview questions, eight charts of study information, and a prototype program. (SLD)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Child Welfare, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Environment, Family Problems, Family Programs, High Risk Students, Integrated Activities, Placement, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Secondary School Students, Social Services, Standards, Telephone Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Minnesota State Dept. of Human Services, St. Paul.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.
Identifiers: Family Preservation Services; Focus Groups Approach; Minnesota