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ERIC Number: EJ1002662
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0736-8038
Moving Young Children from Foster Care to Permanent Homes: Evaluation Findings for the ZERO TO THREE Safe Babies Court Teams Project
McCombs-Thornton, Kimberly
Zero to Three (J), v32 n5 p43-49 May 2012
This article summarizes an evaluation of the Safe Babies Court Teams Project. The study compared children in the Court Teams Project at the four initial sites (n = 298) with a nationally representative sample of young child welfare participants (n = 511) from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW). The Court Teams Project has a significant effect on how quickly children exit foster care: Children participating in Court Teams leave foster care nearly 3 times as fast as the comparison sample. Findings also suggest that children in the Court Teams Project experience a different pattern of exits from foster care: Reunification is most common for Court Teams children (38%), whereas adoption is most prevalent for the comparison group (41%). Children in Court Teams appear to leave foster care faster regardless of the type of exit. Findings from interviews suggest that parental compliance with the service agreement heavily affects the case outcome. Both judicial approach and the monthly case reviews appear to contribute most to reducing time to permanency.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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