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NCJ Number: 237279 Find in a Library
Title: Addendum to the Evaluation of Michigan’s Foster Care Structured Decision Making Case Management System
Author(s): Kristen Johnson; Rod Caskey; Dennis Wagner Ph.D.
Corporate Author: Children's Research Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: November 2002
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Children's Research Ctr
Madison, WI 53719
Sale Source: Children's Research Ctr
National Council on Crime and Delinquency
426 S. Yellowstone Drive, Suite 250
Madison, WI 53719
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report is an addendum to the initial evaluation of Michigan’s Foster Care Structured Decision Making Case Management System (SDM).
Abstract: The findings from the second stage of the evaluation presented in this current study expand the positive case outcomes attributable to SDM implementation; findings indicate that the reunification of children in pilot sites was more successful (there were fewer reentries) and that the days in placement were reduced for all children regardless of the type of permanency achieved. While the foster care SDM pilot expedited permanency for children, more analysis was needed to determine if the impact went beyond achieved permanency. The first new question posed was whether children returned home in pilot counties reentered foster care at a higher rate. If SDM led to the premature return home of children, it would be expected that a greater proportion of children returned home by pilot agencies would reenter placement than children returned home by comparison agencies. If the reentry rate is similar for pilot and comparison agencies, it can safely be assumed that SDM does not result in children’s premature return home. A second hypothesis posed questioned whether with expedited permanency, children served by pilot agencies would have fewer days in placement than children served by comparison agencies. If this were the case, then cost savings would result from SDM implementation. This addendum addresses these two additional questions. 4 tables
Main Term(s): Case management; Foster homes
Index Term(s): Assessment (child health and welfare); Child care services; Children at risk; Decisionmaking; Foster adolescents; Michigan
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