ERIC Number: ED251207
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Sep-30
Reference Count: N/A
Foster Child Advocate Services Project. Final Report: Innovations In Protective Services, September 1, 1982 through August 31, 1984.
Texas State Dept. of Human Resources, Austin. Office of Programs.
One of six projects funded by P.L. 93-247 state grant money, the Foster Child Advocate Services (FOCAS) Project established a guardian "ad litem" program in which court-approved members of the community volunteered to visit children in Texas State Department of Human Resources Conservatorships. Part I of the report, describing the objectives and accomplishments of the FOCAS project, discusses the methods used to protect children and to make the community more aware of the needs of children under conservatorship. Problems encountered in establishing the "ad litem" program are also described. Part II, reporting on a part process/part impact evaluation, provides information solicited from project attorneys, guardians, workers, and foster parents and institutional staff involved with the children. Evaluation questionnaires were designed to gather information about the project objectives, including the issues of permanent planning decisions, information for attorneys, community education, increasing contacts with children and identifying maltreatment, and solving problems encountered in court-ordered care. Most respondents felt the overall project and concept were valuable, although some of the specific objectives met with mixed responses. However, dissatisfaction due to unmet expectations, miscommunication, and varying degrees of commitment from some of the guardians "ad litem" were evident. Evaluation questionnaires are appended. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Dept. of Human Resources, Austin. Office of Programs.
Identifiers - Location: Texas