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Served as the external monitor to a program designed to quickly reunite families whose children have been placed into foster care.
Funding: The Children's Bureau, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, administering funds from Title IV-E of the Social Security Act.
Partners: Arizona Department of Economic Security (ADES) Division of Children Youth and Families (DCYF).
Program Description: The Expedited Reunification Project aimed to quickly reunite families whose children have been in foster care for less than nine months. Its primary strategy was the creation of Child and Family Teams (CFTs) that included case workers, family and friends, and other significant people. The teams worked together with parents to create an action plan that included home-based services such as counseling and skill-building, and, when necessary, substance abuse or mental health treatment. The four goals of the pilot program: (1) reduce children's length of stay in congregate and licensed foster care settings; (2) decrease the likelihood of re-entry into out-of-home care; (3) prevent the recurrence of child abuse and neglect; and (4) improve family well-being and functioning. Click here for complete project description.
CABHP's Role: CABHP served as an external program monitor. We evaluated the implementation of the project by analyzing the results of interviews, surveys, and other data. In addition, we compared client-level data for families receiving traditional services and for families randomly selected for the Expedited Reunification Project to measure how well the project met its four goals, and issue interim and final reports.
Project Manager: Brian Arthur