PCWCP [Public Child Welfare Certification Program] Outcomes Evaluation.
Huebner, Ruth A.
Eastern Kentucky University.
Published: January 27, 2003
Publication Information: Frankfort, KY : Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children.
Available from: Child Welfare Information Gateway
Administration on Children, Youth, and Families Children's Bureau, 3rd Floor 330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201
Tel: 800.394.3366 703.385.7565
This report evaluates the Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP) established in 1999 to develop a cadre of workers ready to provide quality services to the Kentucky Cabinet for Families and children, improve retention of child welfare workers by preparing them for the challenges of child protection work, and improve the professionalism of Cabinet workers. PCWCP graduates (n=24) were compared to non-PCWCP graduates with hire date between August 2001-July 2002. Results found PCWCP graduates were significantly more likely to accept a case as an investigation and less likely to accept it as a Family in Need of Service Assessment (FINSA). PCWCP graduates were more likely to continue a case, less likely to find that services are not needed, and more likely to substantiate abuse. PCWCP graduates also tended to intervene more aggressively in cases, investigated more cases, substantiated more cases, and provided services more often. The PCWCP graduates also used practices more consistent with the risk rating of cases. PCWCP graduates placed significantly more children with relatives and fewer children in private child care, and place more in adoptive homes and fewer in emergency shelter placements. In addition, 30% of children in the PCWCP group had goals of adoption while only 15.5% had a similar goal in the non-PCWCP group. PCWCP graduates on average visited children in out-of-home care more regularly, and were rated by foster parents as providing more satisfactory visits. Finally, PCWCP graduates completed past due referrals in a significantly shorter period of time and established a permanency goal more often than the non-PCWCP group. 8 figures.
child welfare workers; caseworkers; social workers; training; staff retention; certification; quality of care; outcomes; studies; kentucky