ERIC Number: ED477632
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Children's Program Outcome Review Team: 2002 Evaluation Results.
Wade, Patricia C.
The Children's Program Outcome Review Team (CPORT), under the direction of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, collects and analyzes data to improve service delivery to children and families involved in state custody. Using the Quality Service Review methodology, the Commission conducted 282 intensive case reviews on a random sample of children in state custody in each of the 12 regions. This report provides an overview of the CPORT process and presents demographic information and determinations of the status of child/family on various indicators as well as the adequacy of service system functions on cases reviewed in 2002. The findings indicate that the overall status of children improved over that of 2001, with most children in a positive and safe status, receiving services and supports to address their physical well-being, and with caregivers who can provide necessary supports and supervision. The overall service system functioned adequately 54 percent of the time, a substantial improvement over 2001 (38 percent). Although the system engaged most children and families in planning and implementing services, only 57 percent of families made progress or improvement as measured in outcomes/benefits. Families were more likely to achieve progress when children were placed at home and least likely when children were placed in foster homes. The assessment of children's and families' needs was especially inadequate for children who were African American or adjudicated unruly. The weakest system function was service plan design. The report details recommendations, based on the information collected in the CPORT process, for improving services, for training staff, and for additional resources. The report's seven appendices include preliminary system observations by region, 2001 evaluation results, data tables, and definitions. (KB)
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Children, Delivery Systems, Foster Care, Foster Children, Foster Family, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Social Workers, Tables (Data), Well Being
Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, Andrew Johnson Tower, Ninth Floor, 710 James Robertson Pawkway, Nashville, TN 37243-0800. Tel: 800-264-0904 (Toll Free); Tel: 615-741-2633; Fax: 615-741-5956.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tennessee State Commission on Children and Youth, Nashville.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee