ERIC Number: ED184661
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
PACT: Parents And Children Together. An Alternative to Foster Care.
Callard, Esther Dean, Comp.; Morin, Patricia E., Comp.
This report describes the Detroit, Michigan, Parents and Children Together (PACT) project which provides an intensive, home based intervention service to low-income families who have, or are at risk of having, a child placed in foster care. Part I of this report describes how staff members are selected and trained, how goals are formulated for each family, and how objectives are met. Part II consists of two reports. Given first are descriptive statistics on the client population, delivery of service, and status outcomes after two months of service. In addition, a non-experimental research project involving 51 families studied over a four-month period is reported. In Part III conclusions and implications are discussed regarding changes in the PACT program and services to families in a broad social context. In this report an attempt is made to describe PACT's philosophy and operation in sufficient depth and detail so that it can serve as a model for others who are seeking an "alternative to foster care." Editors emphasize that the project model should not be considered a product; it is a model of a flexible, responsive process based on specially trained personnel, close interpersonal relationships between caseworker and client, programing responsive to client needs, and systematic case monitoring. Project materials and forms are included in 16 appendices. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI.