• Assessment of outcomes of independent living final report

      DePanfilis, Diane; Daining, Clara (2003-06-25)
      The Outcomes of Independent Living project was a collaborative research project between the University of Maryland Center for Families, the Family Welfare Research and Training Group, and the Baltimore City Department of Social Services. The purpose of this project was to provide information on the outcomes of young adults who left out-of-home care in Baltimore City. Choice of outcomes was guided by the federal legislation in collaboration with Baltimore City Department of Social Service staff. The outcomes of interest included educational achievement, employment status, homelessness, parenthood, life skills, health risk behavior and criminal activity. Explanatory domains examined included social support, spirituality, and stress. (from Project abstract)
    • Calculating Caseload and Staffing Needs: In-home Services Redesign in Maryland

      DePanfilis, Diane; Kaye, Sarah; Shaw, Terry V.; Mols, Cathy; Coppage, Susan (2008-12-03)
      PowerPoint presentation at the American Humane Time and Effort: Perspectives on Workload Roundtable, Santa Fe, New Mexico, December 3-5, 2008. Highlights efforts to determine staffing needs for the Maryland Place Matters Initiative. Assessments of safety and risk categories are combined with levels of service which are used to calculate caseloads. Includes formulas.
    • Child welfare accountability: Annual report of Maryland performance indicators

      Kaye, Sarah; Ovwigho, Pam; Shaw, Terry V.; DePanfilis, Diane (2007-12)
      Executive Summary: The Child Welfare Accountability Act of 2006 increased legislative oversight of the Maryland Quality Assurance processes in child welfare. The Act also provides a framework for the Department of Human Resources (DHR) to partner with the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMB/SSW) to develop the Maryland Quality Assurance (QA) Collaborative. The purpose of the Collaborative is to evaluate quality ssurance processes and make recommendations for improvement. This annual report summarizes: (1) indicators of Maryland’s performance in promoting positive outcomes for children and families involved with the child welfare system and (2) recommendations on how to improve outcomes measurement in child welfare. A separate companion report entitled "Child Welfare Accountability: Evaluating Quality Assurance Processes in Maryland", describes and evaluates current QA processes. Acknowledgements: Report was prepared by faculty and staff at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work's Ruth H. Young Center for Families & Children and Family Welfare Research and Training Group in partnership with staff at the Department of Human Resources, Social Service Administration
    • Child welfare accountability: evaluating quality assurance processes in Maryland.

      Kaye, Sarah; DePanfilis, Diane (2007-12)
      Executive Summary: The Child Welfare Accountability Act of 2006 increased legislative oversight of the Maryland Quality Assurance processes in child welfare. The Act also provides a framework for the Department of Human Resources (DHR) to partner with the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMB/SSW) to develop the Maryland Quality Assurance (QA) Collaborative. The purpose of the Collaborative is to evaluate quality assurance processes and make recommendations for improvement. As required by 5-1309(B), this annual report presents 1) an evaluation of existing quality assurance policies and practices and 2) recommendations on how to improve quality assurance processes in child welfare. A separate companion report, "Child Welfare Accountability: Annual Report on Maryland Performance Indicators," describes Maryland's performance on performance indicators outlined by the Child Welfare Accountability Act. This report was compiled by faculty and staff at the University of Maryland School of Social Work's Ruth H. Young Center for Families & Children in partnership with staff at the Department of Human Resources, Social Service Administration. Drs. Diane DePanfilis and Sarah Kaye Faraldi managed the Child Welfare Accountability project and writing of this report. Anna Hayward and Gillian Gregory participated in the design and implementation of the Quality Assurance process evaluation and led the redesign of the supervisory review instrument. Cathy Mol, Carnitra White, and David Ayer guided the activities of the Quality Assurance Collaborative. The Quality Assurance team of the Social Services Administration includes Gloria Valentine, Shirley Brown, Jospehine Lambert, Dee Ritterpusch, Elizabeth Mitchell Stemley, and Jewel Wilson.
    • Evaluating the Implementation of Family Centered Practice in Maryland: July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010

      DePanfilis, Diane; Hayward, R. Anna; Melz, Heidi (2010-06)
      Maryland’s Family Centered Practice (FCP) model of child welfare is based on a set of core values and practice strategies that focus on increasing positive outcomes for children served by public child welfare to ensure their safety, well-being, and permanence. As per agreement between DHR-SSA and the UMB-SSW, researchers at the Ruth H. Young Center for Families and Children are evaluating the implementation of FCP across Maryland.
    • "The experience of being a foster parent is invaluable to the children" Annual Report of the Maryland Foster Parent Survey

      Gregory, Gillian, M.S.W.; Kaye, Sarah (2009-07)
      Results from the FY2009 Maryland Foster Parent Survey, developed in support of the 1000 by 10 Initiative of the Maryland Department of Human Resources, Social Services Administration (DHR/SSA). The survey provides feedback on foster parents' perceptions of the training and support from DHR/SSA and possible improvements.
    • Exploring Screened Out Reports of Child Abuse and Neglect in Maryland

      DePanfilis, Diane (2003)
      As an effort to explore the degree to which screening practices and decision are consistent with state policies (DHR, 1996), a collaborative evaluation was undertaken by the Department of Human Resources (DHR) Social Services Administration (SSA), the State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (SCCAN), and the University of Maryland Center for Families (UMCFF). Each of 24 local Maryland jurisdictions were asked to submit copies of all referrals received in their jurisdiction during one month in 2001. Twenty-three jurisdictions submitted copies of their screened out referrals for May 2001 and Baltimore City Department of Social Services submitted all screened out referrals for November 2001. Data regarding the number of investigated CPS reports each jurisdiction received during those same months were also collected from the state wide Client Information System (CIS). IN all, 5,023 referrals were received by CPS agencies during the one-month study period and 1,811 referrals were screened out (an average of 36%). Findings of the study indicate that most of the time (82%), the correct screening decision was made.
    • Final Report. Review of IAIU investigations of suspected child abuse and neglect in DYFS out-of-home care settings in New Jersey

      DePanfilis, Diane (2003)
      The specific aim of this archival case review was to evaluate a representative sample of New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) Institutional Abuse Investigation Unit (IAIU) files to determine the degree to which investigations of reports of child abuse and neglect in out-of-home care settings were investigated pursuant to professional standards, including New Jersey laws, policies, and standards. A simple random sample of 129 IAIU files out of a total of 1295 (10%) was drawn to represent the universe of available IAIU investigations of allegations of child abuse and neglect in out-of-home care between 1999 and 2002.
    • Findings from the 2007 Local Supervisory Review

      DePanfilis, Diane; Kaye, Sarah (2008-09)
      Discusses the Local Supervisory Review (LSR) process beginning in January 2007. Local department supervisors completed structured reviews of two in-home and two out-of-home cases each month. Data was entered into statistical management software for analysis. The process was implemented to comply with the Maryland Program Improvement Plan (PIP) and to meet Council on Accreditation (COA) standards for supervisory review. Includes tables.
    • Findings from the 2008 Local Supervisory Review

      Closson, Shantel; Kaye, Sarah (2009-07)
      Discusses the Local Supervisory Review (LSR) process beginning in January 2008. Local department supervisors completed structured reviews of two in-home and two out-of-home cases each month. Data was entered into statistical management software for analysis. The process was implemented to comply with the Maryland Program Improvement Plan (PIP) and to meet Council on Accreditation (COA) standards for supervisory review. Includes tables.
    • Hitting the M.A.R.C. : establishing foster care Minimum Adequate Rates for Children, technical report

      Daining, Clara; Frick, Kevin; Farber, Julie; Levinthal, Lisa (2007-10)
      This report presents the first‐ever calculation of the real expenses of caring for a child in foster care in the United States. It systematically demonstrates that rates of support for children in foster care are far below what is needed to provide basic care for these children in nearly every state in the nation. On average, across the U.S., current foster care rates must be raised by 36 percent in order to reach the Foster Care Minimum Adequate Rates for Children (the “Foster Care MARC”) calculated through this project. In some states, rates are less than half of what it actually costs to care for a child in foster care. (from Executive Summary)
    • Hitting the M.A.R.C.: establishing foster care Minimum Adequate Rates for Children [brief report]

      DePanfilis, Diane; Daining, Clara; Frick, Kevin; Farber, Julie; Levinthal, Lisa (2007-10)
      "This report provides a brief description of how the Foster Care MARC was calculated. A more detailed description is provided in the technical report..." The Technical Report is also available in this Digital Archive at http://hdl.handle.net/10713/262.
    • Improving the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Child Welfare Services Through State, Stakeholder, and University Collaboration

      Mols, Cathy; Ayer, David; DePanfilis, Diane; Shaw, Terry V.; Kaye, Sarah (2008-10-20)
      PowerPoint presentation at the Child Welfare Leadership in Action Conference, Washington, DC, Oct. 20, 2008, sponsored by the Administration for Children & Families, Children's Bureau. Highlights the Maryland Place Matters Initiative the primary goals for which are to keep at-risk children with their families in the community and to reduce the need for out-of-home care. Emphasis is on family-centered practice and is a collaborative effort between the University of Maryland, School of Social Work and the Maryland Department of Human Resources, Social Services Administration.
    • Investigating child maltreatment in out-of-home care: Barriers to good decision-making

      DePanfilis, Diane; International Symposium on Decision-Making in Child Welfare, University of California, Berkeley (2003-12-04)
    • Local Supervisory Review Instrument State Data Report 2010 Scoring and Interpretation

      Gregory, Gillian, M.S.W.; Esaki, Nina (2010-05)
      Provides aggregate data from the local supervisory review process for the period of Sept. 9, 2009 through March 2, 2010. The standardized instrument is used by supervisors to assess caseworkers' quality of practice in acheiving child welfare outcomes of safety, permanency, and well-bing. Tables and information about scoring and interpretation are also included.
    • Maryland Child Welfare Performance Indicators. 2nd Annual Child Welfare Accountability Report

      Shaw, Terry V.; Kaye, Sarah; DePanfilis, Diane (2008-12)
      Executive Summary: The Child Welfare Accountability Act of 2006 (Maryland Family Law, Section 1301 through 1311 inclusive) specified a set of performance indicators covering four categories of child welfare practice: 1. Child abuse and neglect, 2. Protecting children in out-of-home care from abuse and neglect, 3. Permanency and stability of children in out-of-home care, and 4. Effectiveness of efforts to address the health, mental health, education, and well-bing of children in out-of-home care. This report describes and documents the performance indicators mandated in the Act for the period July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008. A separate companion report entitled "Evaluating Quality Assurance Processes in Maryland" describes and evaluates Quality Assurance processes in calendar year 2008. Acknowledgements: This report was prepared by faculty and staff at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work's Ruth H. Young Center for Families & Children (RYC) in partnership with staff at the Department of Human Resources, Social Services Administration (DHR/SSA). Diane DePanfilis, Sarah Kaye, and Terry V. Shaw co-manage the interagency agreement that supports the development of this report. Terry Shaw developed the performance indicators found in this report with the assistance of David Ayer from DHR/SSA. Cathy Mols, Richard Larson, Carnitra White, and David Ayer at DHR/SSA guided the activities of the outcomes measurement and performance indicators process.
    • Maryland Child Welfare Performance Indicators. 3rd Annual Child Welfare Accountability Report

      Shaw, Terry V.; Ahn, Haksoon; DePanfilis, Diane (2009-12)
      Executive Summary: The Child Welfare Acountability Act of 2006 (Maryland Family Law, Section 1301-1311 inclusive) specified a set of performance indicators covering four categories of child welfare practice: 1. Child abuse and neglect, 2. Protecting children in out-of-home care from abuse and neglect, 3. Permanency and stability of children in out-of-home care, and 4. Effectiveness of efforts to address the health, mental health, education, and well-being of children in out-of-home care. This report describes and documents the performance indicators mandated in the Act for the period July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009. A separate companion report entitled "Evaluating Quality Assurance Processes in Maryland" describes and evaluates Quality Assurance processes in calendar year 2009. Acknowledgements: This report was prepared by faculty and staff of the University of Maryland, School of Social Work's Ruth H. Young Center for Families & Children (RYC) in partnership with staff at the Department of Human Resources, Social Services Administration (DHR/SSA). Diane DePanfilis, Terry V. Shaw, Haksoon Ahn, and Nina Esaki co-manage the interagency agreement that supports the development of this report. Terry V. Shaw and Haksoon Ahn developed the performance indicators found in this report with the assistance of David Ayer from DHR/SSA. Carnitra White, Richard Larson, David Ayer and Linda Carter at DHR/SSA guided the activities of the outcomes measurement and performance indicators process.
    • Maryland Child Welfare Performance Indicators. 4th Annual Child Welfare Accountability Report

      Shaw, Terry V.; Ahn, Haksoon (2010-12)
      Executive Summary: The Child Welfare Accountability Act of 2006 (Maryland Family Law, Section 1301-1311 inclusive) specified the development and implementation of a process to measure the efficiency and effectiveness of child welfare services in Maryland that addresses the safety, permanency and well-being of children in the care and custody of the state. A set of performance indicators were established that encompassed and expanded upon extant federal measures in four areas of child welfare practice: 1. Child abuse and neglect, 2. Protecting children in out-of-home care from abuse and neglect, 3. Permanency and stability of children in out-of-home care, and 4. Effectiveness of efforts to address the health, mental health, education, and well-being of children in out-of-home care. This report, the fourth report completed, describes and documents the performance indicators mandated in the Act for the period July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010 and compares the states progress in relation to outcomes from prior years. A separate companion report entitled "Quality Assurance Processes in Maryland Child Welfare" describes and evaluates Quality Assurance processes in calendar year 2010. Acknowledgements: This rport was prepared by faculty and staff at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work's Ruth H. Young Center for Families & Children (RYC) in partnership with staff at the Department of Human Resources, Social Services Administration (DHR/SSA). Diane DePanfilis, Terry V. Shaw and Haksoon Ahn co-manage the interagency agreement that supports the development of this report. Terry V. Shaw developed the performance indicators found in this report with the assistance of David Ayer from DHR/SSA. Carnitra White, Richard Larson, David Ayer and Linda Carter at DHR/SSA guided the activities of the outcomes measurment and performance indicators process.
    • Maryland Child Welfare Performance Indicators. 5th Annual Child Welfare Accountability Report

      Shaw, Terry V.; Ahn, Haksoon (2011-12)
      Executive Summary: The Child Welfare Accountability Act of 2006 (Maryland Family Law, Section 1301 through 1311 inclusive) specified the development and implementation of a process to measure the efficiency and effectiveness of child welfare services in Maryland that addresses the safety, permanency and well-being of children in the care and custody of the state. A set of performance indicators were established that encompassed and expanded upon existing federal measures in four areas of child welfare practice: 1. Child abuse and neglect, 2. Protecting children in out-of-home care from abuse and neglect, 3. Permanency and stability of children in out-of-home care, and 4. The effectiveness of efforts to address the health, mental health, education, and well-being of children in out-of-home care. This report, the fifth Child Welfare Accountability, Performance Indicators report, describes and documents the performance indicators mandated in the Child Welfare Accountability Act for the period July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011. Comparisons are included in relation to outcomes from prior years. A separate companion report entitled "Quality Assurance Processes in Maryland Child Welfare" describes and evaluates Quality Assurance processes in calendar year 2011. Acknowledgements: Report prepared by the faculty and staff at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work's Ruth H. Young Center for Families & Children (RYC) in partnership with staff at the Department of Human Resources, Social Services Administration (DHR/SSA). Terry V. Shaw and Haksoon Ahn co-manage the interagency agreement that supports the development of this report. Terry V. Shaw developed the performance indicators found in this report with the assistance of David Ayer and Laurie Dodd from DHR/SSA. Carnitra White, David Ayer and Linda Carter at DHR/SSA guided the activities of the outcomes measurement and performance indicators process