• 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.
    • Quality Assurance Processes in Maryland Child Welfare. 4th Annual Child Welfare Accountability Report

      Ahn, Haksoon; Esaki, Nina; Gregory, Gillian, M.S.W.; Melz, Heidi; O'Connor, Julia, M.S.W.; Shaw, Terry V. (2010-12)
      Executive Summary: The Child Welfare Accountability Act of 2006 (Maryland Family Law, Section 1301-1311 inclusive) specified the development and implemntation of a proces 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 Maryland Department of Human Resources/the Local Departments of Social Services. The Quality Assurance Process in Maryland Child Welfare does this through the evaluation of quality assurance and system implementation processes in Maryland's child welfare system. The state of Maryland made great strides in 2010 towards achieving the development of an integrated, comprehensive Quality Assurance system. Acknowledgements: 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 (RYC) in partnership with staff at the Department of Human Resources, Social Service Administration (DHR/SSA). Terry V. Shaw, Nina Esaki, Haksoon Ahn, and Diane DePanfilis co-managed the interagency agreement for the Quality Assurance process. Gillian Gregory and Julia O'Connor led the Local Supervisory Review process and Foster Parent Survey. Heidi Melz oversaw the Family Centered Practice evaluation component. Carnitra White, Richard Larson, David Ayer and Linda Carter at DHR/SSA guided the activities related to the Quality Assurance process. The Quality Assurance unit at DHR/SSA includes Linda Carter, Josephine Lambert, and Jewel Wilson-Crawford. A separate companion report, "Maryland Child Welfare performance Indicators: 4th Annual Child Welfare Accountability Report," describes Maryland's performance on the outcome and performance measures outlined by the Child Welfare Accountability Act.