• Evaluating the Implementation of Family Centered Practice in Maryland: July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011

      Ahn, Haksoon; Reiman, Sarah; O'Connor, Julia, M.S.W.; Michalopoulos, Lynn Theresa Murphy; Naeem, Shaikh; Shaw, Terry V. (2011)
      Per agreement between the Department of Human Resources, Social Service Administration (DHR/SSA) and the University of Maryland School of Social Work, researchers at the Ruth H. Young Center for Families and Children are evaluating the implementation of FCP [Family Centered Practice] across Maryland. The evaluation of Maryland's FCP initiative is informed by administrative data collected as part of regular agency practice, focus groups with staff and families, and a survey of local department staff. This report represents data from a follow-up staff survey and focus groups during the implementation phases of FCP, July 1 2010-June 30, 2011. 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 in partnership with staff at the Maryland Department of Human Resources, Social Service Administration (DHR/SSA). Terry V. Shaw and Haksoon Ahn co-managed the interagency agreement that supports the development of this report. Julia O'Connor and Sarah Reiman oversaw the Family Centered Practice evaluation components. Lynn Michalopolos led the qualitative analysis from the focus group data. Naeem Shaikh led the quantitative analysis from the follow-up survey data. Jessica Moore assisted with transcription for the qualitative analysis. Karen Powell and Tiffany Hancock at DHR/SSA guided the activities related to the Family Centered Practice evaluation process.
    • Fostering Safe Choices Final Report

      Shaw, Terry V.; Barth, Richard P., 1952-; Svoboda, Deborah Vangeison; Naeem, Shaikh (2010-12-31)
      High rates of pregnancy and subsequent termination, miscarriage, or birth among adolescent females in the United States have rallied concerted efforts by healthcare providers, educators, youth advocates, parents, and policy makers, and other stakeholders, for over two decades. Child welfare services providers are in the unique position of working with those youth who are most vulnerable, such as runaway youth, youth in out-of-home placements (due to abuse or neglect), youth involved in the juvenile/adult justice system, youth addicted to substances, and youth with various physical and/or mental disabilities. Although our understanding of pregnancy trends within the foster care population are somewhat limited, there is good reason to believe that pregnancy rates in foster care have resisted the recent reductions in adolescent pregnancies experienced in the general population. As a result, The Fostering Safe Choices project was developed by Maryland DHR and the University of Maryland School of Social Work and tasked with examining the incidence of pregnancy among young women in foster care and to assess what is known about effective prevention programs targeting youth in care. (From project summary)