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.
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
DePanfilis, Diane (DePanfilis, D. Measuring outcomes of child welfare programs. Annual Maryland Department of Social Services’ Assistant Directors and Supervisors’ Retreat. Ellicott City, MD, May 10,2002., 2002-05-10)
The first phase of the retrospective evaluation of outcomes for families participating in the Positive Parenting Program utilized existing administrative data collected by The Family Tree (TFT) during the course of business. This study examines five protective factors (parenting knowledge and attitudes) and one risk factor (low self esteem) to determine whether change occurred after the PPP intervention, and to identify any group differences by the child’s placement status. Exploratory analysis was also conducted to identify group differences by referral source. (From Executive Summary)
This PowerPoint presentation is a summary of the results of the retrospective evaluation of the Positive Parenting Program. More details are available in the reports "Evaluating Outcomes for At‐risk Families Participating in The Family Tree’s Positive Parenting Program: A Retrospective Study - Interim Report (February 2009)" and "Evaluating Outcomes for At‐risk Families Participating in The Family Tree’s Positive Parenting Program: A Retrospective Study - Part II, Long Term Outcomes, Summary and Conclusions (August 2009)"
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