• 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.
    • Challenges and Opportunities in Working with Large Scale Datasets

      Ahn, Haksoon; Kaye, Sarah; Shaw, Terry V. (2010-01)
    • 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
    • "Children need love and stability. We wanted to gove a child the chance at life."

      Ahn, Haksoon; O'Connor, Julia, M.S.W.; Shaw, Terry V. (2011-07)
    • 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.
    • An Examination of Reentry into State Sponsored Out of Home Care after Reunificication in Maryland

      Shaw, Terry V.; Ahn, Haksoon; University of Maryland, Baltimore. School of Social Work (University of Maryland, Baltimore. School of Social Work, 2015-04-15)
    • 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)
    • 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.
    • Maryland Child Welfare Perfomance Indicators 2nd Annual Child Welfare Accountability Report

      DePanfilis, Diane; Shaw, Terry V.; Kaye, Sarah (2008-12)
      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: Child abuse and neglect, Protecting children in out-of-home care from abuse and neglect, Permanency and stability of children in out-of-home care, and 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, 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.
    • 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
    • Quality Assurance Processes in Maryland Child Welfare. 3rd Annual Child Welfare Accountability Report

      DePanfilis, Diane; Esaki, Nina; Gregory, Gillian, M.S.W.; Hayward, R. Anna; Shaw, Terry V. (2009-12)
      Executive Summary: The goal of the projects encompassed in the Child Welfare Accountability Act is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of child welfare services in Maryland. The Maryland Quality Assurance (QA) unit does this through the evaluation of quality assurance processes and system implementation processes in Maryland child welfare. Although Maryland has mechanisms in place to successfully achieve objectives of a comprehensive Quality Assurance system, it has yet to realize its full potential for identifying strengths and needs and providing a framework for meaningful program and systems improvement. 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). Diane DePanfilis, Sarah Kaye, and Terry V. Shaw managed the interagency agreement for the Quality Assurance process. Gillian Gregory led the Local Supervisory Review process and Foster Parent Survey. Anna Hayward oversaw the Family Centered Practice evaluation component. Nina Esaki assisted with the preparation of this report. 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, Shirley Brown, Josephine Lambert, Dee Ritterpusch, and Jewel Wilson. A separate companion report, "Maryland Child Welfare Performance Indicators: 3rd Annual Child Welfare Accountability Report," describes Maryland's performance on the outcome and performance measures outlined by the Child Welfare Accountability Act.
    • 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.
    • 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.