Colorado Community Response: Evaluation Findings 2014-2017.
Colorado State University. Social Work Research Center. Colorado Department of Human Services. Office of Early Childhood. Division of Community and Family Support.
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This brief reports the findings of an evaluation of a Colorado program designed to reduce the likelihood of entry or reentry into the child welfare system. The Colorado Community Response (CCR) program delivers short-term case management to help families access formal and informal concrete services to meet their needs. The evaluation of CCR was conducted in 21 sites encompassing 28 counties in rural and suburban areas across Colorado. Findings indicate: 1,900 families were served by Colorado Community Response; protective factors increased for participating families in the domains of Resiliency, Social Support, Concrete Support, Nurturing and Attachment, and Child Development/Knowledge of Parenting; family functioning increased from Pretest to Posttest in all domains identified by caregivers as key "readiness for change" areas; a majority of caregivers expressed high levels of engagement with their CCR worker as well as satisfaction with the program and the services they received; rates of subsequent founded assessment were lower for families who completed CCR (5%) than for a matched group of families who were not offered CCR (9%), with the difference approaching statistical significance (p = .09). Recommendations are made for future evaluation efforts. 1 table and 3 figures.
Colorado; community based services; family preservation; parent education; reentry; prevention programs; family reunification; worker client relationships; case management