ERIC Number: ED248038
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Opening the Doors: A Manual for Reviewing Residential Facilities and Foster Care for Children.
From October 1982 through May 1984, the Council for Community Services--a private, not-for-profit community planning council--carried out an Institutional Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Project, in close cooperation with the state of Rhode Island's Office of the Child Advocate. The project approach relied heavily on monitoring teams of volunteer professionals from the community to review residential facilities for children. Project staff also reviewed foster homes. Both the residential and foster home review components of the project operated under the mandate of the Child Advocate's Office. This manual describes the project and provides guidelines for replicating the project elsewhere. The description includes sections on each stage of project development and descriptions of project outcomes, including some achievements not originally anticipated in the project design. The manual cites evidence of significant project success; namely, the implementation by residential facility directors and by the State Department for Children and Their Families of many of the project's recommendations. Replication guidelines are interwoven with the project description, and sample materials, such as training outlines and interview guides, are included in appendices. The manual emphasizes that the project can be replicated by either a publicly funded component of State or County government or a private not-for-profit agency such as a planning council or volunteer service bureau. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Foster Care, Guidelines, Institutional Evaluation, Interviews, Prevention, Program Descriptions, Program Improvement, Questionnaires, Recruitment, Residential Care, Staff Role, Volunteer Training
Council for Community Services, 229 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 02906 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council for Community Services, Inc., Providence, RI.
Identifiers - Location: Rhode Island