Comparing Child Protective Investigation Performance Between Law Enforcement Agencies and Child Welfare Agencies.
Special Issue: Child Welfare Evaluation.
Jordan, Neil. Yampolskaya, Svetlana. Gustafson, Mara. Armstrong, Mary. McNeish, Roxann. Vargo, Amy.
Published: March/April 2011
Vol. 90, No. 2 , p. 87-105
Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
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Washington, DC 20005
This study examines the comparative effectiveness of using law enforcement agencies for child protective investigation (CPI), in contrast with the traditional approach of CPI conducted by the public child welfare agency. The analysis uses 2006-2007 data from a natural experiment conducted in Florida to show modest differences in performance and cost-efficiency between the two approaches to CPI. These findings may have implications for other states considering outsourcing CPI to law enforcement. (Author abstract)
investigations; abuse allegations; law enforcement; child welfare agencies; public agencies; child protection; studies; florida