ERIC Number: ED406058
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Child Welfare: States' Progress in Implementing Family Preservation and Support Services. United States General Accounting Office Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Human Resources, Committee on Ways and Means, House of Representatives.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
This report describes: (1) the nature and extent of states' use of federal funds for new and expanded family preservation and support (FPS) services as authorized by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993; and (2) states' plans to assess the impact of these services on children and their families and impacts identified to date. A nationwide survey was conducted of state child welfare agencies, interviews were held with officials in nine states and five localities, officials of the Department of Health and Human Services were interviewed, and numerous federal and state documents were reviewed. The results indicated that states are using federal funds to increase the availability of FPS services by creating new programs (44 states) or expanding existing ones (47 states). Fifty-six percent of federal funds are budgeted to family support and the remainder to family preservation. States plan to track the results of these services by measuring the number of clients served, the extent to which their needs are met, improvements in parent-child relationships, service coordination, and indicators of community well-being. At least 11 states are planning formal evaluations. Two federally sponsored evaluations are underway. Early results from 10 states indicate some successes, such as preventing child removal and continued maltreatment. The extensive community and interagency collaboration required has resulted in improved identification of service needs, setting of priorities, and receipt of services by at-risk families otherwise overlooked. (Appendices include methodology details and a copy of the survey.) (KDFB)
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Family Needs, Family Programs, Family (Sociological Unit), Federal Legislation, National Surveys, Program Evaluation, Public Policy, State Programs
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Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.