ERIC Number: ED387735
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
The Design of an Effective Family Reintegration and Aftercare Program for Youth Successfully Leaving Residential Care.
Roley, Jeffrey H.
The lack of support services following the release of adolescent youths from a residential treatment center back to their families is examined in this practicum. Consequently, the development of a family reintegration program for the treatment center is focused on the concept that effective aftercare begins at intake. Understandably, families already involved with their son or daughter while in placement proved far more successful in reunification efforts than families that were not involved. A number of factors contributed to the lack of effective aftercare services to youths who successfully completed the residential program, however, including: (1) unsupported values and theory; (2) lack of continued services; (3) lack of an aftercare methodology; and (4) lack of collaboration between service providers, funding and referral agencies. The first step in the program design involved a review of similar programs, both locally and nationally. Next, a survey instrument was developed and sent to selected staff members, referring agency workers and directors, and a small sample of students from the program. Finally, budgetary plans for a revised program were developed, funds were ensured, and several counties that might be interested in the program were contacted. Five appendices present: Aftercare Report Format, Implementation Plan, two communication diagrams, and a survey example. Contains 99 references. (KW)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Practicum, Nova Southeastern University.