• Aftercare Study: Outcomes of Independent Living Final Report

      DePanfilis, Diane; Daining, Clara; University of Maryland, Baltimore. School of Social Work; BCDSS Social Services Administrators Meeting (2003-09-30)
      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)
    • 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)
    • Challenges and Opportunities in Working with Large Scale Datasets

      Ahn, Haksoon; Kaye, Sarah; Shaw, Terry V. (2010-01)
    • "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)
    • 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)
    • "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.
    • 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.
    • 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)
    • "The joy on the kids' faces when they smile and know that they're being loved and taken care of."

      Ahn, Haksoon; O'Connor, Julia, M.S.W.; Moore, Jessica; Denlinger, Jonalyn (2012-07)
    • 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. 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
    • Outcomes of Independent Living Project: A Collaboration between the Baltimore City Department of Social Services & the University of Maryland Center for Families.

      BCDSS Social Services Administrators Meeting; University of Maryland, Baltimore. School of Social Work; DePanfilis, Diane (2003-02-25)
      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)
    • Therapeutic Visiting Pilot Project Annual Report 2001-2002

      Daining, Clara; Wechsler, Joe; DePanfilis, Diane (2002)
    • "There is value in knowing you are serving another human being" Annual Report of the Maryland Foster Parent Survey

      Moothart, Sara; Gregory, Gillian, M.S.W.; Esaki, Nina (2010-08)
      Results from the FY2010 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.