ERIC Number: ED287151
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
In-Home Treatment of Abusive Families: Cost and Placement at One Year.
Wood, Sally M.; And Others
The FamiliesFirst project in Davis, California is a child abuse prevention project designed to keep abused children safely at home. During the first year of operation, FamiliesFirst provided in-home prevention services to 59 children in 26 families referred by county Child Protective Services as an alternative to out-of-home placement. Therapists, carrying a caseload of two families each, provided intensive treatment in the families' homes for a 4- to 6-week period. A comparison group of 24 Child Protective Service-referred families with 49 children received usual county services. Families were interviewed at intake and again one year later. The two groups were evaluated on cost, on whether of not the children stayed at home, and on psychological measures of family functioning. The results revealed that abusive and neglectful families who received in-home services were able to keep their children home more often than were families who received traditional services alone. The in-home intervention did not put experimental group children at more risk for further abuse or neglect, as measured by a need for later placement, than children in the comparison group. The one-year follow-up data indicated that the goals of reducing out-of-home placement and lowering placement costs were being met. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented a the Annual Conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (44th, Orlando, FL, October 23-26, 1986).