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ERIC Number: EJ793649
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1049-7315
The Effectiveness of Aftercare Services for African American Families in an Intensive Family Preservation Program
Nelson, Kristine E.; Nash, James K.
Research on Social Work Practice, v18 n3 p189-197 2008
Objective: This project tested the effectiveness of extended aftercare in an intensive family preservation program for African American families. Method: Service providers collected pretest and posttest data for 49 families who received intensive services only and 69 who received aftercare in addition to intensive services. Results: In the year following termination, nonrelative placements for the entire sample were reduced to 20.3% from 41.5% in the year prior to receiving services ( p [less than] 0.01). Families receiving aftercare had a postservice placement rate of 13.0% (p [less than] 0.05). Services were less effective with caregivers with criminal involvement or mental health issues. Discussion: Significant reductions in re-referrals for neglect (p [less than] 0.01) and improvement in factors contributing to child well-being (p [less than] 0.01) indicate that child safety was not compromised by providing in-home services as an alternative to placement. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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