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)"
The Helping Families Prevent Child Neglect Project was a 5-year demonstration project implemented through collaboration between the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and University of Maryland School of Medicine, Pediatrics. The Helping Families Prevent Child Neglect Project offered home-based intervention to families at risk of neglect in order to test two premises: (1) treatment needs to be long-term and (2) parent groups enable needed connections and enhance parenting competency...
DePanfilis, Diane; Strieder, Frederick H. (2009-03)
Presentation at the 17th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect entitiled, Focusing on the Future: Strengthening Families and Communities, Atlanta, March 30–April 4, 2009. Highlights the process of designing and implementing preventive interventions for child neglect in families at risk.
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.
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.
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