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A better path to permanency for children in out-of-home care

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  • Pine, Barbara A.
  • Spath, Robin
  • Werrbach, Gail B.
  • Jenson, Cary E.
  • Kerman, Benjamin
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    This article reports selected findings from a five-year, comprehensive evaluation of a program designed based on principles and practices found to be most predictive of successful family reunification. The study reported here matched families in the program with families receiving standard state reunification services. Findings indicate that program and non-program children were nearly equally likely to be reunified. However, program children were reunified or achieved an alternative permanent placement sooner, and experienced fewer moves while in care than children in the comparison group. Moreover, program families were less likely to experience a re-referral to child welfare authorities after they were reunified.

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

    Volume (Year): 31 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 10 (October)
    Pages: 1135-1143

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:31:y:2009:i:10:p:1135-1143
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