Presentation on theme: "Expedited Family Reunification Project"— Presentation transcript:
1Expedited Family Reunification Project Arizona Child Welfare Demonstration Project
2Overview of Project Description of Project Project Outcomes Program Components
3Description of Project Arizona’s project is designed to expedite reunification of children who are placed in out-of-home care through intensive in-home and aftercare services.
4Description of Project Target population are children who are:in out-of-home placement for no more than 9 months;in congregate care or licensed foster care settings;for whom reunification is a case goal; andfor whom the juvenile court concurs with a case plan of expedited reunification
5Description of Project Located in Maricopa County Child Protective Services officesImplementation in two phasesPhase 1 began in April 2006Phase 2 began in January 2008
6Project OutcomesReduce children’s length of stay in congregate and licensed foster care settings.Decrease the likelihood of re-entry into out-of-home care.Prevent the recurrence of child abuse and neglect.Improve family-well being and functioning.
7Program Components Child and Family Teams Home Based Strategies and InterventionsFlexible FundingRole of the child protection services worker andwaiver service provider
8Child and Family Teams Provides strength based framework for reunificationTeam includes everyone involved in thecaseThe team is responsible for allassessment, planning, interventionand aftercare phases of the reunificationprocess
9Home Based Strategies and Interventions Array of services provided based onneeds identifiedMinimum of 6 hours per week offace-to-face contact with clientsIntensive visitation between parent (s)and childrenOne provider for all services, monitoringand coordination
10Flex Funding Flex funds are used to address needs such as: Specialized servicesHousing/Utilities assistanceTransportationJob related expenses
11Role of Workers Provider staff (Expedited Reunification Team) Provider of all services to familyLead in facilitating CFTsCoordination of all services
12Role of Workers CPS Worker Retains legal responsibility Provide oversight of planning processNot make independent decisionsWork with the Expedited Reunification Team
15Primary Caregiver Characteristics 94% mothers85% Caucasian24% Hispanic or Latina/o9% African American2% American Indian33.8 years of age (avg)16 to 69 years of age (range)
16Target Child Characteristics 55% males 45% females86% Caucasian28% Hispanic or Latina/o13% African American2% American Indian7.2 years of age (avg)1 to 17 years of age (range)
17Safety Related Outcomes Is there a reduction in the recurrence of child abuse and neglect?
18Permanency Related Outcomes Is the time in out-of-home placement reduced?
19Reentry Into Out-of-Home Placement Is there a reduction in subsequent out-of-home placements?
20Child and Family Well-Being Is there an increase in overall family well-being and functioning?
21Summary and Accomplishments Full implementation of project within nine months of waiver approvalOver 100 children from 88 eligible cases received waiver servicesA higher percentage of waiver cases (43%) reunified than comparison cases (17%) for new cases July 1, 2006 and afterImprovements in selected child and family domains for existing waiver families
22Lessons LearnedDevelop strategies to better integrate waiver and substance abuse servicesExplore strategies for continual training on waiver services and proceduresDevelop increased management system supportDevelop quality measures on key waiver service componentsProvide monthly reports to implementation team on process, outcome, and cost indicators
23For additional information: Flora SotomayorIV-E Waiver Project DirectorDivision of Children, Youth & FamiliesArizona Department of Economic Security1789 W. JeffersonPhoenix, AZ 85007(602)