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NCJ Number: 82408 Find in a Library
Title: Group Homes in the 1980's
Author(s): J R Weber
Corporate Author: University of Chicago
National Ctr for Assessment of Alternatives to Juvenile Justice Processing
United States of Amer
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL 60637
Grant Number: 79-JN-AX-0018
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The report reviews the history of group homes, community relations and management concerns, staffing patterns, program modalities and services, costs, and future potential.
Abstract: Group homes were firmly rooted in foster family care and institutional satellite programs for decades, but their existence was neither as frequent nor as visible as at present. Strategies group homes have employed to enter a neighborhood include moving in without any prior notice, using classic community organization techniques with careful preparation of key community persons and organizations, and keeping a low profile while working with a few key leaders and isolating the opposition. Most group home managers choose the third strategy first, believing it to offer the highest probability of success, but experience shows the first strategy is just as often effective. Different agencies representing child welfare organizations and corrections have issued standards for group homes, and State licensing requirements have also emerged. Private and public group homes are administered differently and have different staffing patterns. The high rate of staff turnover is the major problem of group home managers. Thus, administrators want to attract and retain career group home parents. Other information is given on group homes' cash flow, accountability, size, costs versus other alternatives, contingency management, group meetings, family counseling practices, and evaluations. Overall, the use of group homes appears to be declining. About 80 references are appended.
Index Term(s): Community relations; Group homes; Operating costs; Turnover rates; Work schedules
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