ERIC Number: ED369490
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Family Reunification Project.
Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Utah's Department of Human Services' Family Reunification Project was initiated to demonstrate that intensive, time-limited, home-based services would enable children in foster care to return to their natural families more rapidly than regular foster care management permits. The following steps were taken in project development: (1) sites were selected; (2) the research design and data collection instruments were developed to assess program effectiveness; (3) reunification workers were hired; (4) allied agencies and staff were informed about the project; (5) a steering committee developed the service model; and (6) reunification workers were trained. The project involved 57 children who received intensive reunification services and 47 control group cases. Of the experimental group, 52 were returned home within a 90-day period, compared to 12 of the control group. The service model included the following provisions: the reunification worker's caseload was limited to six families; services were limited to 90 days and were goal-oriented; workers spent an average of 35 hours in face-to-face contact with the families; the reunification worker was the primary therapist and liaison with community resources, as well as the caseworker; and services were family- rather than child-oriented. Success rates for family preservation will be determined in a 6-month follow-up. (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Utah