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Evidence-based practice in family group decision-making for Anglo, African American and Hispanic families

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  • Sheets, Janess
  • Wittenstrom, Kim
  • Fong, Rowena
  • James, Joyce
  • Tecci, Michael
  • Baumann, Donald J.
  • Rodriguez, Carolyne
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    Abstract

    This study addresses the need and gap in the literature on evidence-based practice in family group decision-making services by reporting on the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services' Family Group Decision-Making study, conducted between December 2003 and July 2005 with Anglo, African American and Hispanic families throughout Texas. These services are compared to standard practice by assessing satisfaction, child well-being and exits from care. Findings indicate that both parents and relatives are more satisfied with family group decision-making conferences than standard practice on a number of dimensions, with relatives reporting feeling more empowered than parents. Children are reported to be less anxious if their families participate in a conference, and they may be more adjusted when they are placed with relatives following a conference. Finally, exits from care are faster if families participate in family group decision-making conferences, and exits to reunification are increased; this may be especially true of African American and Hispanic children.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Children and Youth Services Review.

    Volume (Year): 31 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 11 (November)
    Pages: 1187-1191

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:31:y:2009:i:11:p:1187-1191

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    Keywords: Family group decision-making Family group conferences Evidence-based practice Child welfare;

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    1. Rauktis, Mary Elizabeth & Bishop-Fitzpatrick, Lauren & Jung, Nahri & Pennell, Joan, 2013. "Family group decision making: Measuring fidelity to practice principles in public child welfare," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 35(2), pages 287-295.
    2. Wells, Rebecca & Gifford, Elizabeth J., 2013. "Implementing a case management initiative in high-need schools," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 35(5), pages 787-796.
    3. Wang, Eugene W. & Lambert, Matthew C. & Johnson, Leah E. & Boudreau, Brock & Breidenbach, Rebecca & Baumann, Donald, 2012. "Expediting permanent placement from foster care systems: The role of family group decision-making," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(4), pages 845-850.
    4. Pennell, Joan & Edwards, Myles & Burford, Gale, 2010. "Expedited family group engagement and child permanency," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 32(7), pages 1012-1019, July.
    5. Lee, Bethany R. & Shaw, Terry V. & Gove, Britni & Hwang, Jeongha, 2010. "Transitioning from group care to family care: Child welfare worker assessments," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 32(12), pages 1770-1777, December.
    6. Strozier, Anne L., 2012. "The effectiveness of support groups in increasing social support for kinship caregivers," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(5), pages 876-881.

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