• 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.
    • Quality Assurance Processes in Maryland Child Welfare. 5th Annual Child Welfare Accountability Report

      Ahn, Haksoon; O'Connor, Julia, M.S.W.; Reiman, Sarah; Shaw, Terry V. (2011-12)
      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. The Quality Assurance Process in Maryland Child Welfare process does this through the evaluation of quality assurance, quality improvement and system implementation processes in Maryland's child welfare system. The state of Maryland continues to improve their ability to effectively monitor and improve services and service delivery throughout the state and has moved closer to the development of an integrated, comprehensive Quality Assurance system. Acknowledgement: 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). A separate companion report, "Maryland Child Welfare Performance Indicators: 5th Annual Child Welfare Accountability Report," describes Maryland's performance on the outcome and performance measures outlined by the Child Welfare Accountability Act.