ERIC Number: EJ706073
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep-1
Reference Count: 28
Does Family-Centered Out-of-Home Care Work? Comparison of a Family-Centered Approach and Traditional Care
Lewandowski, Cathleen A.; Pierce, Lois
Social Work Research, v28 n3 p143 Sep 2004
This research assessed the effectiveness of a family-centered approach to out-of-home care in reunifying children with their families by comparing differential exit rates of children whose families received family-centered services with children whose families received routine child welfare services. The sample included 472 children who were in foster care from 1994 to 1996 in Missouri. Survival analysis was used to calculate the probability that a child would be reunified with his or her family at a particular time and to compare the differential exit rates for the children who experienced subsequent placement during the study period. The authors used Cox regression analysis to compare the likelihood of reunification between the two groups. Findings indicate that during the latter part of the study, family-centered out-of-home care counties reunified children at a faster rate than comparison counties.
Descriptors: Welfare Services, Placement, Probability, Counties, Child Welfare, Foster Care, Welfare Recipients, Family Environment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri