Do Intensive In-Home Services Prevent Placement?: A Case Study of Youth Villages’ Intercept® Program.
Huhr, Scott. Wulczyn, Fred.
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Center for State Child Welfare Data
i, 21 p.
Published: January 2020
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This report presents the results of a study that investigated whether Youth Village’s Intercept program (previously known as YVIntercept) had a demonstrable impact on the likelihood of out-of-home placement for children at risk of placement who were referred to the program by the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS). Intercept is an integrated approach to in-home parenting skill development that offers a variety of evidence-based and best practices to meet the individualized needs of a family and young person. Intercept staff work with families with children who are at risk of either entry or re-entry into State custody so as to prevent placement. DCS staff also refer children already in custody, with the goal of reducing time to reunification. Intercept prevention services generally last four to six months; reunification services generally last six to nine months. Among those at-risk children, only children who were referred to the program before their first placement were included in this analysis. Children receiving Intercept services (n=1,778) were compared to a matched control group (n=86,354). Findings indicate: among children referred to Intercept the risk of placement was 53% lower than the children in the comparison group; the Intercept treatment effect was generalized over all person-periods, but more pronounced in the first six months after the first investigation/assessment; and that the sustained effect is more pronounced with first 12-months and also persists beyond twelve months. The report concludes that not only does the Intercept program reduce the likelihood of placement, but the program has sustained effects, beyond the end of treatment. 11 references.
family preservation; home visiting programs; parent education; child rearing; parenting skills; prevention programs; children at risk; out of home care