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|Document Title:||Evaluation of Love Notes and Reducing the Risk in Louisville, KY: Findings From an Innovative Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. Final Impact Report for University of Louisville Research Foundation.|
|Personal Author:||Cunningham, Michael R.
van Zyl, Michiel A.
|Abstract:||This report presents the findings of a study that investigated the effectiveness of an adapted version of the Reducing the Risk sex education program in reducing high risk sexual behavior and increasing contraceptive use in Kentucky, and the effectiveness of Love Notes (LN), a new approach that embeds pregnancy and disease prevention messages in a curriculum that emphasizes the importance of forming healthy relationships and avoiding intimate partner controls and violence in order for individuals to reach their life goals. The study involved 1,378 unmarried youth, ages 14-19, living in impoverished urban neighborhoods in western and southern Louisville. This report describes...more|
|Document Title:||Ready or Not: The Influence of Readiness on Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Training Outcomes.|
|Personal Author:||Arnold, Amy Laura.
Richardson, Evin W.
|Abstract:||This exploratory study utilizes a sample of human service providers and administrators to examine personal, agency, and collaborative readiness as predictors of training outcomes (utility reaction, gains in knowledge, and transfer of learning). The study is informed by the child welfare training evaluation model to address the effect of participants' (n = 58) readiness indicators and learning impact in relation to the transfer of learning that takes place following a one-day training. Participants' personal and agency readiness predicted their utility reaction, while personal readiness predicted gains in knowledge. The association between agency readiness and transfer of learning was partially mediated by...more|
|Document Title:||Parents and Children Together: Design and Implementation of Two Healthy Marriage Programs.|
|Series Title:||OPRE Report 2016-63|
|Personal Author:||Zaveri, Heather.
|Abstract:||This report describes program design and implementation of two Healthy Marriage programs that are part of the Parents and Children Together evaluation: The Healthy Opportunities for Marriage Enrichment program from The El Paso Center for Children in El Paso, Texas; and the Supporting Healthy Relationships program from University Behavioral Associates in Bronx, New York. The report includes a focus on the job and career advancement services offered by the two grantees, and presents data on enrollment, initial participation, retention, and the amount of services couples received from July 2013, the beginning of enrollment, through April 2015. Analysis of the implementation of...more|
|Document Title:||Program Development from Start-to-Finish: A Case Study of the Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education Training Project.|
|Personal Author:||Futris, Ted G.
Schramm, David G.
|Abstract:||What goes into designing and implementing a successful program? How do both research and practice inform program development? In this article, the process through which a federally funded training curriculum was developed and piloted tested is described. Using a logic model framework, important lessons learned are shared in defining the situation, identifying and maximizing inputs, clarifying and tracking outputs, and documenting and reporting outcomes. (Author abstract)|
|Document Title:||Developmental Evaluation Findings From an Online Leadership Program for Child Welfare Supervisors.|
|Series Title:||Special Issue: Leadership Development|
|Personal Author:||Leake, Robin.
|Abstract:||Improvements in technology have provided opportunities for child welfare professional development that extend far beyond traditional classroom learning. Increasingly, training programs are using distance and blended learning approaches to reach a wider audience and to teach complex job-related skills in new and innovative ways. This study evaluates a distance learning program designed to build leadership skills for supervisors in public, private, and tribal child welfare agencies. This study used a multi-method design that included pre-post and followup self-report measures of learning and transfer of learning, as well as participant semi-structured interviews to learn about barriers and facilitators of transfer of learning....more|
|Document Title:||Shining a Light on Foster Care.|
|Corporate Author:||Marin County Civil Grand Jury (Calif.)|
|Abstract:||This report discusses the findings of the Marin County Civil Grand Jury that investigated the provision of foster care in Marin County, California. The Grand Jury met with social workers and management staff, interviewed foster parents, and researched manuals and relevant publications. Findings indicate: the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services annual budget for foster care recruitment is not adequate, communication between social workers and foster parents needs improvement, and foster children are not receiving consistent therapy from licensed clinical psychologists or therapists. Recommendations are made that call for the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services to...more|
|Document Title:||Relationship Education for Stepcouples Reporting Relationship Instability-Evaluation of the Smart Steps: Embrace the Journey Curriculum.|
|Personal Author:||Lucier-Greer, Mallory.
Harcourt, Kate Taylor.
Gregson, Kimberly D.
|Abstract:||Smart Steps: Embrace the Journey is a research-based educational curriculum for stepfamily couples ('stepcouples'). The curriculum is designed to build couple strengths while addressing the unique challenges of repartnering with a child or children from a previous relationship. This study evaluated the effectiveness of this curriculum with 151 individuals in relationally less stable stepcouple relationships who either engaged in the Smart Steps curriculum (n = 97) or were part of the comparison group (n = 54). This study represents methodological and conceptual advances in the study of stepfamily programs with the use of a comparison group, a racially and economically diverse...more|
|Document Title:||An Evaluation of a Child Welfare Training Program on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC).|
|Personal Author:||McMahon-Howard, Jennifer.
|Author Affiliation:||Kennesaw State University.|
|Abstract:||With the growing awareness of the nature and scope of the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in the United States, a few state child welfare agencies have started to develop and implement training on CSEC for their social service staff. Since other state child welfare agencies may adopt a similar training model, it is important to evaluate the effectiveness of these CSEC trainings. Therefore, in the present study, we used a randomized, control group design to evaluate the effectiveness of a CSEC webinar training program for child protective service (CPS) employees. We discuss our findings and make recommendations for child...more|
|Document Title:||The Quality of Evaluations of Foster Parent Training: An Empirical Review.|
|Personal Author:||Festinger, Trudy.
Baker, Amy J.L.
|Abstract:||A comprehensive literature review was undertaken to identify published evaluations of foster parent training programs (pre-service, in-service single session, and in-service multi-session). Results of the review of the literature revealed that few evaluations have been conducted on the preservice training programs most widely used and the results are mixed at best in the evaluations conducted. Moreover, the best evaluations of in-service training were for the programs least likely to be offered to foster parents: multi-session programs. Taken together, the results point to gaps in the knowledge base and directions for future research. (Author abstract)|
|Document Title:||Programs That Work: Incredible Years [Webpage].|
|Corporate Author:||Promising Practices Network.
|Abstract:||The Incredible Years series is a set of comprehensive curricula targeting children age 2 to 10 years old and their parents and teachers. The curricula are designed to work jointly to promote emotional and social competence and to prevent, reduce, and treat children's behavioral and emotional problems. (Author abstract)|
|Document Title:||Job Corps [Webpage].|
|Corporate Author:||Child Trends.|
|Abstract:||Job Corps is designed to help disadvantaged youth between 16 and 24 to become "more responsible, employable and productive citizens." Program components include academic education, health education, health care, vocational training, job placement, and counseling services; additionally, a subset of youth participate in a dormitory-style residential living component. Experimental evaluations show that Job Corps has had several positive impacts on participants, including: reduced arrest and conviction rates; reduced reliance on public assistance; higher paying jobs; higher levels of employment; and increased levels of educational attainment and job training. Program impacts were particularly positive for youth who entered the program at 16...more|
|Document Title:||An Evaluation of the Los Angeles Department of Child and Family Services' Emergency Response Coaching Program Using Worker Surveys.|
|Personal Author:||Christie, Christina.
|Abstract:||The Los Angeles Emergency Response (ER) Coaching program is a strategy to improve Los Angeles Department of Child and Family Services (LA DCFS) practice. To better understand the role this coaching model has played in influencing DCFS staff and supervisors' attitudes and behaviors, a mixed methods evaluation study was completed. This report summarizes the DCFS workers' and supervisors' attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors about the coaching program and how it has affected their practice. Key findings include: (1) For all staff, analyses indicate that participants had more positive attitudes toward some aspects of job satisfaction (i.e., the Nature of the Work, Contingent...more|
|Document Title:||Financial Empowerment Training for Social Service Programs: A Scan of Community-Based Initiatives.|
|Corporate Author:||Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.|
|Abstract:||This report represents the results of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's effort to learn what tools local service providers need to help their clients increase their financial capabilities. Through the field scan they contacted fourteen organizations that provide financial empowerment training to their case managers and frontline staff. They learned how programs have succeeded -- or struggled -- in providing training, tools, and resources to change case manager and client behavior. They conducted in-depth interviews of five organizations that represented diverse approaches to offering this type of training: Seattle-King County Asset Building Collaborative, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Louisville Metro/Living Cities,...more|
|Document Title:||Evaluation of the Staying Put 18 Plus Family Placement Programme: Final Report.|
|Series Title:||Research Report DFE-RR191.|
|Personal Author:||Munro, Emily R.
|Abstract:||The Staying Put: 18+ Family Placement Programme pilot (staying put) began in 11 local authorities in July 2008 and ended in March 2011. Staying put is targeted at young people who have "established familial relationships" with their foster carers and offers this group the opportunity to remain with their carers until they reach the age of 21. The overarching aim of the evaluation was to assess the effectiveness and impact of the staying put pilots in meeting the objectives above and promoting positive outcomes for young people making the transition from care to independence. It also sought to determine the unit...more|
|Document Title:||Statewide Report for Trainers and County Administrators: Analysis of Common Core Data, May 2012.|
|Corporate Author:||California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC)|
|Abstract:||In 2002, CalSWEC and the California Regional Training Academies/Inter-University Consortium began development of a statewide evaluation of common core training. This evaluation is part of the strategic plan for multi-level evaluation of child welfare training in California. This report shares results for pre- and post-knowledge testing in the Case Planning, Placement and Permanency, and Child and Youth Development modules, and for the embedded skills assessments in Child Maltreatment Identification, Parts 1 and 2. Trainee profiles are also included which show select demographic, educational, and experience differences for 344 caseworkers during July-December 2011. Results indicate that overall, trainees are learning information identified...more|
|Document Title:||Results of a Training Course for Social Workers on Engaging Fathers in Child Protection.|
|Personal Author:||Scourfield, Jonathan.
|Abstract:||This paper describes the findings of an evaluation of a training course for child protection social workers that aimed to improve their engagement of fathers in child protection assessments and interventions. The two day training course was designed by the research team and aimed to increase awareness of gender issues and develop skills through the use of Motivational Interviewing. The course was developed in the context of a body of literature that has pointed to the gendered nature of child protection work but with little empirical evidence of the effectiveness of training or of the impact of increasing fathers' involvement in...more|
|Document Title:||A Randomized Clinical Trial of Online-Biblio Relationship Education for Expectant Couples.|
|Personal Author:||Kalinka, Christina J.
Fincham, Frank D.
Hirsch, Abigail H.
|Abstract:||This study evaluated the efficacy of a self-paced, Internet-based marriage and relationship skills education program ("Power of Two Online"). The program integrated an online intervention with print supplemental resources. New and expectant parents (n = 79) were randomly assigned to the 2-month intervention or placebo-control group. Assessments were conducted at baseline, 1-month, and 2-month follow-up intervals. Latent growth curve modeling was used to examine differences between conditions for marital satisfaction and conflict management. Participants who received the intervention reported trajectories of improved marital satisfaction and improved marital conflict management over time relative to controls. Implications for widespread dissemination of marriage and...more|
|Document Title:||Report to the CalSWEC Board, February 2012: Secondary Analysis of Child Welfare In-Service Training Data Comparing Title IV-E and non-Title IV-E Graduates.|
|Corporate Author:||California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC)|
|Abstract:||In 2002, CalSWEC and the California Regional Training Academies (RTAs)/Inter-University Consortium (IUC) began development of a statewide evaluation of common core training. This evaluation is part of the strategic plan for multilevel evaluation of child welfare training in California. It reports results from a comparison of over a thousand Title IV-E and non-Title IV-E graduates in their acquisition of knowledge and skill. Classes were conducted between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2011. Findings indicate trainee knowledge from pre to post test increased at a statistically significant level; CalSWEC Title IV-E MSW graduates scored significantly higher at pretest and posttest than...more|
|Document Title:||Louisiana Child Welfare Comprehensive Workforce Project: Evaluation Report 2010-2011.|
|Personal Author:||Pierce, Barbara.
|Abstract:||Louisiana State University School of Social Work (LSU), in partnership with the State of Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, (DCFS) and the Louisiana University Child Welfare Training Partnership has established the Louisiana Child Welfare Comprehensive Workforce Project (LCWCWP) with funding from the Children's Bureau. The purpose of this project is to improve safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for children and youth by building the capacity of Louisiana's child welfare professionals and by improving the systems in the State that recruit, train, supervise, manage, and retain them. This report summarizes activities and accomplishments of the project for Year 3 which...more|
|Document Title:||Experiences of Foster Youth in an Employment Training and Job Placement Program.|
|Personal Author:||Dworsky, Amy.
|Abstract:||In October 2008, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago was approached by the executive director of Community Assistance Programs (CAPs), a community-based agency, to evaluate the implementation of an employment training and job placement program for Cook County foster youth. The program provides 4 weeks of classroom-based employment training, and then places foster youth in subsidized jobs for a maximum of 2 months. At the end of that period, employers have the option of hiring the youth as regular employees. As part of the implementation evaluation, we interviewed program staff at each of the four CAPs sites. These interviews provided...more|
|Document Title:||Louisiana Child Welfare Comprehensive Workforce Project: Evaluation Report|
|Personal Author:||Pierce, Barbara.
|Author Affiliation:||Academy of Certified Social Workers.|
|Abstract:||Louisiana State University School of Social Work (LSU), in partnership with the State of Louisiana Department of Social Services Office of Community Services, (DSS/OCS) and the Louisiana University Child Welfare Training Partnership has established the Louisiana Child Welfare Comprehensive Workforce Project (LCWCWP) (Priority Area II) with funding from the Children‟s Bureau. The purpose of this project is to improve safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for children and youth by building the capacity of Louisiana‟s child welfare professionals and by improving the systems in the State that recruit, train, supervise, manage, and retain them.|
|Document Title:||"Making A Difference" Training: Protecting Children From Maltreatment: An Analysis of a Community-Based Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention Training Program.|
|Personal Author:||Goodman, Deborah.|
|Abstract:||The program Boost Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention worked with the YMCA of Greater Toronto (YMCA) to develop joint training for staff on reporting and responding to child maltreatment. In partnership with the YMCA, Boost delivered a three-day Train-the-Trainer child abuse prevention training to 16 communities and 398 community professionals across Ontario between 2009-2010. Boost partnered with the Child Welfare Institute of the Children's Aid Society of Toronto to conduct the evaluation of the training. A mixed method approach using quantitative and qualitative data was employed that included pre-test/post-test for participants on knowledge acquisition, goal attainment, outcomes and satisfaction, a follow-up...more|
|Document Title:||SpecialQuest Birth-Five: Head Start/Hilton Foundation Training Program Evaluation Summary.|
|Corporate Author:||SpecialQuest Group.
Hilton/Early Head Start Training Program.
|Abstract:||This report shares findings from an evaluation of the SpecialQuest Birth-Five: Head Start/Hilton Foundation Training Program, a three-year federally funded program implemented from October 2007 through September 2010 to support inclusive services for young children (ages birth-5) who have disabilities and their families. The SpecialQuest approach to professional development on inclusion was implemented with over 500 Early Head Start/Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs and their community partners. These SpecialQuest teams participated in long-term interactive learning experiences, using a skill- building curriculum and on-site follow-up support provided by Learning Coaches. A logic model was used to evaluate the program. Information is...more|
|Document Title:||Evaluation of the California Common Core for Child Welfare Training: Implementation Status, Results and Future Directions.|
|Personal Author:||Zeitler, Leslie W.
Parry, Cynthia F.
Johnson, Barrett L.
|Abstract:||Child welfare is evolving into a more accountable system, driven by outcomes. Federal and state measures are now used by state and local agencies in their attempts to systematically evaluate and improve their programs. These agencies often use training of staff as a key strategy or intervention to change practice and influence outcomes. In response, child welfare training systems around the country have grown in scope and sophistication. Until recently, however, most child welfare training systems relied on little more than trainee satisfaction to assess training effectiveness. Given the resources expended on training, a more systematic approach to training evaluation is...more|
|Document Title:||Evaluation of an In-Service Training Program for Child Welfare Practitioners.|
|Personal Author:||Turcotte, Daniel.
|Author Affiliation:||Laval University.|
|Abstract:||Objective: To test the effectiveness of an in-service training program for practitioners in public child welfare organizations. Method: The sample consists of practitioners (N = 945) working in youth centers or in local community service centers. Data are collected through self-administered questionnaires prior to and after the program. Results: The data show that prior to the training program, there are few differences between workers according to their educational backgrounds. Following the training program, practitioners felt more competent, had acquired additional knowledge, and had changed some of their behaviors with families. If level of stress at work had slightly decreased, job satisfaction...more|
|Document Title:||Evaluation of the Wisconsin Child Welfare Training System. Results Summary.|
|Corporate Author:||University of Denver. Butler Institute for Families.|
|Abstract:||This report discusses the outcomes of an evaluation of the Wisconsin Child Welfare Training System that examined which functions of the training program are operating in a quality manner and suggests how functions could be strengthened or enhanced. Domain areas of focus included the structure and governance of the training system, the professional development continuum, curriculum and training development, trainer development, training delivery, research to practice efforts, and training evaluation. The evaluation included a review of documents, focus group interviews with 150 participants, individual interviews with 31 stakeholders and external training experts, and web-based questionnaires with 511 caseworkers, 241 supervisors, 50...more|
|Document Title:||Building the Capacity of Child Welfare Departments to Use Strength‐based Strategies for Transition Age Foster Youth: Impacts of the Y.O.U.T.H. Training Project Child Welfare Supervisor Training: Final Evaluation.|
|Personal Author:||Korwin, Lisa.|
|Abstract:||This final report describes the activities and outcomes of a 3-year federally funded project designed to train California child welfare supervisors to enhance their understanding and capacity to assist transition age foster youth. Through the Child Welfare Supervisor Training project, current and former foster youth implemented a training curriculum based on the concepts of strength-based social work strategies that put transition age foster youth, their needs, and their voices at the center of the child welfare system. A logic model with short-term, intermediate, and long-term outcomes helped to guide activities and provided benchmarks for impact. From late 2006 through January 2009,...more|
|Document Title:||Best Practice Court Team and Role-Specific Training Evaluation: Final Report.|
|Personal Author:||Kanak, Susan.
|Abstract:||The Colorado State Court Administrator's Office and Colorado Department of Human Services asked the Muskie School of Public Service to evaluate the Best Practice Court and Role-Specific Training of the First Annual 2008 Colorado Summit on Children, Youth, and Families. The evaluation included both an on-site component to collect immediate impressions of participants who attended the 2008 Summit and a post-conference evaluation distributed via email in August 2008 to gather information on how the sessions informed participants' work after returning to their offices. The Best Practice Court Team training was attended by 213 people from 21 of the 22 judicial districts....more|
|Document Title:||[Child Welfare Curriculum and Field Enhancement Project Final Report].|
|Corporate Author:||University of Minnesota Duluth.|
|Abstract:||This final report discusses the activities and outcomes of the Child Welfare Curriculum and Field Enhancement project (CW Café), a 4-year project at the University of Minnesota Duluth from 2004-2008 designed to increase the number of MSW graduates who have the critical knowledge, values, and skills necessary for responding to children and families in the child welfare system in northern Minnesota. The project resulted in 26 students receiving their MSW degree with enhanced child welfare curriculum and field experiences, and 25 are currently employed. Results from interviews and questionnaires indicate the graduates possess knowledge and skills that qualify them to respond...more|
|Document Title:||Training of Child Welfare Agency Supervisors in the Effective Delivery and Management of Federal Independent Living Service for Youth in Foster Care.|
|Corporate Author:||National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning.|
|Abstract:||This final report discusses the activities and accomplishments of a federally funded grant designed to develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate a competency-based training curriculum for public child welfare agency supervisors to insure the effective delivery and management of federal independent living services for youth in foster care. The Hunter College School of Social Work, in collaboration with the National Foster Care Coalition and other partners, developed and disseminated Preparation for Adulthood - Supervising for Success (PASS), a competency-based training program for supervisors and an on-line transfer of learning guidebook consisting series of activities, checklists and informational resources to enhance supervision. This...more|
|Document Title:||Training of Child Welfare Agency Supervisors in the Effective Delivery and Management of Federal Independent Living Service for Youth in Foster Care: Developing a Supervisory Training Curriculum [Program Evaluation].|
|Corporate Author:||National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning.|
|Abstract:||This report discusses the third-year evaluation of Preparation for Adulthood - Supervising for Success, a federally funded project that developed, implemented, and disseminated a competency-based training curriculum for public child welfare agency supervisors to ensure the effective delivery and management of federal independent living services for youth in foster care. The curriculum design was based on the core principles established during the first year of the grant. The curriculum units were then tested at all three of the project sites (Mississippi Department of Human Services, New York City Administration for Children's Services, and Oregon Department of Human Services, State Office for...more|
|Document Title:||Establishing Positive Youth Development Approaches in Group Home Settings: Training Implementation and Evaluation.|
|Personal Author:||Collins, Mary Elizabeth.
|Author Affiliation:||Boston University School of Social Work.|
|Abstract:||This article reports on a training program for group home supervisors that was designed to utilize positive youth development principles in work with youth transitioning from care to independent living. Over a period of 5 months, eight one-day training sessions took place across one state in the U.S. (Massachusetts) with a total of 186 group care staff in attendance. The evaluation consisted of three components: observation of participant feedback during training, training day post-test, and follow-up with participants 2-3 months after training. Implications of the data, particularly barriers to implementation of training programs, are discussed. (Author abstract)|
|Document Title:||Hilton/Early Head Start Training Program 2007 Evaluation Summary.|
|Corporate Author:||SpecialQuest Group.
Hilton/Early Head Start Training Program.
|Abstract:||This brief shares findings from an evaluation of the Head Start/Hilton Training Program, a program designed to support Early Head Start (EHS) and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) staff and family members in developing skills and strategies for accessing and using services, resources, and technology to include infants and toddlers with significant disabilities and their families in EHS/MSHS programs. The program was implemented with 238 EHS/MSHS teams, 10 Regional Office teams, and 1 Central Office team. These programs have participated in all four years of SpecialQuest, convened regular team meetings including bi-annual on-site visits with their Learning Coach, developed and...more|
|Document Title:||Findings from the National Evaluation Of Child Welfare Training Grants: Lessons and Implications [Presentation Slides].|
|Personal Author:||Collins, Mary Elizabeth.
|Author Affiliation:||Boston University. School of Social Work.|
|Abstract:||This slide presentation shares the results from the federally funded National Evaluation of Child Welfare Training Grants from October 2003 to September 2006. The evaluation included case studies of 9 federally funded Independent Living training projects, a comprehensive review of child welfare training literature, a survey of faculty of schools of social work, and a survey of State and county child welfare training administrators. Findings and recommendations are discussed in the areas of youth and consumer involvement, evaluation, collaboration, institutionalization, knowledge development, adult learning theory, training implementation, agency/university partnerships, and evaluation of training. Findings related to the impact of federally-funded projects...more|
|Document Title:||Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA).|
|Corporate Author:||Child Trends.|
|Abstract:||The Job Training Partnership Act of 1983 was designed to improve the employment status of disadvantaged young adults, dislocated workers, and individuals facing barriers to employment. Program components include on-the-job training, job search assistance, basic education, and work experience, and improving participants' occupational skills. An experimental evaluation shows that participation in the Job Training Partnership Act increased the receipt of employment and training services, and, for females only, increased levels of educational attainment. However, there were no net benefits for youth, as certain outcomes that participation in the program did not impact (short- and long-term earnings, males' educational attainment) or impacted...more|
|Document Title:||The ACT Against Violence Training Program: A Preliminary Investigation of Knowledge Gained by Early Childhood Professionals.|
|Personal Author:||Guttman, Michelle.
Mowder, Barbara A.
Yasik, Anastasia E.
|Author Affiliation:||Pace University.|
|Abstract:||Given the prevalence of violence in young children's lives and the detrimental effects violence exposure may have on children's development, it is essential that psychologists disseminate information to those in direct contact with young children. One antiviolence program, the Adults and Children Together (ACT) Against Violence Training Program, is aimed specifically at the role models in young children's lives, their parents or caregivers, and teachers and others who work directly with them. This research examined the utility of the ACT program in disseminating knowledge to early childhood professionals. Results revealed that the program is effective in terms of both participants' increase...more|
|Document Title:||Moving Toward Implementation Through Interagency Education : Concurrent Planning in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases.|
|Series Title:||Report 8-2006|
|Personal Author:||Stokes, Shannon Daily.
|Abstract:||This report describes the concurrent planning process in child abuse and neglect cases. It explains that in concurrent planning the role of those in the child welfare system is to simultaneously work toward placing a child back with the parent while recognizing that reunification efforts are not always successful. Rather than placing the child in a foster care setting where permanency is not an option, the child is placed with a foster family that is willing to work toward reunification and serve as a permanent home should the reunification fail. The results of an evaluation of a video teleconference (VTC) on...more|
|Document Title:||Courtroom Skills : Assessment of Training Quality and Participant Learning.|
|Personal Author:||Stokes, Shannon Daily.
|Abstract:||This report describes the outcomes of a training program designed to improve the courtroom skills of Missouri juvenile officers and Children's Division caseworkers in the area of court preparation and testimony. The Courtroom Skills training program was a one-day, seven-hour training workshop, held in six locations around the State. The first half of the day consisted of education on courtroom terminology and processes. The second half of the day was devoted to mock trials for participants to apply new knowledge. To assess both the training quality and the learning of the participants, presentations, speakers, materials, future training options, and the demographic...more|
|Document Title:||Assessing Change Following Interagency Education.|
|Personal Author:||Stokes, Shannon Daily.
|Abstract:||This report discusses the outcomes of a multidisciplinary training program designed to provide child welfare professionals information on changes in child welfare legislation. The Missouri Office of State Courts Administrator teamed with the Department of Social Services and the Department of Mental Health to provide multidisciplinary education on changes in child welfare laws from mid-March through mid-May in 2005. The Comprehensive Child Welfare Conference (CCWC) invited child welfare case teams to different regions of the State for education on statutory impacts of the changes and provided the opportunity to develop new processes to address these changes as a group. Approximately 600...more|
|Document Title:||Assessment of the District of Columbia's Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) pre-service training for social workers.|
|Personal Author:||Bayless, Linda.|
|Abstract:||This report discusses the findings of an evaluation of the adequacy of the pre-service training offered to new social workers at the District of Columbia's Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA). In order to complete the review, three methods were used to assess the training: curriculum review, classroom observations, and focus groups and interviews. Section 1 of the report explains the methodology of the study and Section 2 highlights key findings. Section 3 describes the strengths and areas in need of improvement that are found across all four pre-service modules in the curriculum. Findings from the interviews and focus groups are...more|
|Document Title:||A Promising Parenting Intervention in Foster Care.|
|Personal Author:||Linares, L. Oriana.
Oza, Vikash S.
|Author Affiliation:||New York University|
|Abstract:||The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a 2-component intervention for biological and foster parent (pairs) to improve parenting practices, co-parenting, and child externalizing problems. Participants were biological and foster parents (N = 128) of primarily neglected children (ages 3 to 10 years) placed in regular foster homes. Biological and foster parents were randomly assigned in pairs to the intervention (n = 80) or a usual care (n = 48) condition. Intervention families received a 12-week parenting course (Incredible Years) and a newly developed co-parenting component. Key findings included significant gains in positive parenting and collaborative co-parenting...more|
|Document Title:||Education and partnerships in child welfare : mapping the implementation of a child welfare certificate program.|
|Personal Author:||Cash, Scottye J.
Mathiesen, Sally G.
Barbanell, Lisa D.
Smith, Thomas E.
|Author Affiliation:||Florida State University|
|Abstract:||This article presents the results of focus groups conducted with participants following the completion of a Child Welfare Practice Certificate Program. Concept mapping was used as the guiding research method for the data collection and analysis. Social work students and child welfare workers generated statements during the focus group session that were then sorted into conceptual piles. Participants then rated the statements as to their importance and practicality and their interest in learning about them. Results revealed that the concept Reporting, Assessment, and Case Planning in the Real World was rated highest in all three categories. Recommendations are provided regarding infusing...more|
|Document Title:||Strength-based family-centered training evaluation in the Los Angeles County Department of Children's and Family Services (p. 115-136 of Proceedings of the eighth annual National Human Services Training Evaluation Symposium).|
|Personal Author:||Franke, Todd.
|Abstract:||In 2004, the Los Angeles County Department of Children's and Family Services (DCFS) and the Inter-University Consortium IUC) developed and delivered a one day training on Strength-Based Family-Centered Practice (SBFC) in Child Welfare Services. SBFC was deemed an important tool for all line staff of DCFS to utilize in their daily interactions with clients, as it promised to help the Agency meet its goals of ensuring the safety of children, strengthening families, and preventing detention. Over the past year, the IUC and the current authors implemented several methods to assess the impact of the SBFC training, including surveying participant reaction, testing...more|
|Document Title:||Children's mental health in child welfare : a child-focused curriculum for child welfare workers and social work students.|
|Personal Author:||Mathiesen, Sally G.
Cash, Scottye J.
Johnson, Lisa D. Barbanell.
Smith, Thomas E.
|Author Affiliation:||San Diego State University School of Social Work.|
|Abstract:||This paper describes a child-focused curriculum developed for child welfare workers and social work students. The results from a focus group evaluation are also provided that highlight how the content areas in the curriculum were perceived by participants in terms of interest, practicality, and importance. The major goal of the curriculum was to educate workers and students on assessment of risk and safety from an ecological perspective while also attending to the children's mental health needs. Discussion and recommendations regarding the implementation and evaluation of the certificate program are provided. Furthermore, the need for developing and sustaining a partnership with governmental...more|
|Document Title:||Evaluating a Title IVE foster parent training program : context, outcomes, and contributions to foster care.|
|Personal Author:||Cook, John B.
Fletcher, Jane M.
|Author Affiliation:||Granite State College.|
|Abstract:||In September 2001, the State of New Hampshire Office of Legislative Budget Assistant published the Foster Family Care Performance Audit. One of the recommendations from the report asked the New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) to "develop a sufficient feedback process to evaluate its pre-service training program [for foster parents]. This process should include obtaining foster parent opinions of pre-service training after they have had a child in care and have been able to compare their pre-service training needs to the pre-service training received" (p. 37). The College for Lifelong Learning (CLL) is contracted by DCYF to provide...more|
|Document Title:||Changing youths' attitudes toward difference : a community-based model that works.|
|Personal Author:||Otis, Melanie D.
Loeffler, Diane N.
|Abstract:||In a diverse society, prejudice and stereotyping can lead to a myriad of individual and social problems. Research on youth development suggests that inter-group relations can be improved through programs that focus on planned interaction between individuals from diverse backgrounds, and attendance to cognitive and emotional aspects of prejudice, along with efforts to build supportive relationships among participants. Anytown U.S.A., a human relations program for high school-aged youth, is designed to achieve these goals. The week long program utilizes experiential, cognitive, and behavioral components to increase knowledge of diversity, increase empathy for others, increase self-esteem, and develop a commitment to social...more|
|Document Title:||Key steps to coordinating the T/TA process.|
|Corporate Author:||Children's Bureau Training/Technical Assistance Network.|
|Abstract:||This report outlines a new process being used by The Children's Bureau for accessing training and technical assistance (T/TA). This process is designed to enhance the utilization of The Children's Bureau T/TA to achieve systemic change in State and Tribal child welfare programs. Under the new Children's Bureau T/TA Network structure, the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (NCWRCOI) is responsible for coordinating, facilitating, and evaluating onsite T/TA. In responding to requests for on-site T/TA, all Children's Bureau National Resource Centers (NRCs) and AdoptUSKids will cooperate with the central point-of-coordination. A Training and Technical Assistance Coordinating Committee, made up...more|
|Document Title:||Comprehensive Child Welfare Conference: An Evaluation of Interagency Learning.|
|Personal Author:||Richardson, Lilliard.
Stokes, Shannon Daily.
|Abstract:||This report discusses the evaluation of a multidisciplinary training program designed to provide child welfare professionals information on Missouri House Bill 1435, legislation that requires a multidisciplinary teams to work together to investigate abuse and neglect issues and determine what steps should be taken in the best interest of the child. The Missouri Office of State Courts Administrator teamed with the Department of Social Services to provide multidisciplinary education on changes in child welfare laws from mid-March through mid-May in 2005. The Comprehensive Child Welfare Conference (CCWC) invited child welfare case teams to different regions of the State for education on...more|
|Document Title:||Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance Mandated Reporter Training: Program Evaluation. Summary Report of Findings.|
|Personal Author:||Sokolowski, S. Wojciech.|
|Author Affiliation:||Johns Hopkins University.|
|Abstract:||In recognition of the vital role mandated reporters play in identifying and preventing child abuse, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency has provided funding for the development and provision of standardized mandated reporter training. The Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance has developed a comprehensive curriculum for education, childcare, community service, and religious professionals and, since November of 2000, has provided training on the responsibilities and process of mandated reporting to thousands of professionals during hundreds of three, six and twelve-hour sessions. Additional mandated reporters have received training from personnel trained as local instructors through the self-perpetuating Train-the-Trainer format. The Mandated Reporter...more|
|Document Title:||Finding families for New York's longest waiting children : seventh and final semi annual report -- October 1, 2004 - December 31, 2004.|
|Corporate Author:||New York State Office of Children and Family Services. New York State Adoption Service.
New York City Administration for Children's Services.
New York Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance.
|Abstract:||This final report details the activities of the Finding Families for New York's Longest Waiting Children program, which was intended to increase the adoption rate for children with special needs in New York City. The project involved the identification of effective case practices, the establishment of incentives for agencies, and the implementation of training for caseworkers about adoptive placements. Seventy-eight adoptions were finalized during the project, significantly more than the original goal of 65 permanent placements. Strategies included the use of case expediters, adoption action teams, individualized adoption plans, and homefinding agencies. Post adoption support services also were provided to families....more|
|Document Title:||Adoption Training Assessment: A Study of Best Practice Trends in Adoption and Implications for Ohio's Adoption Assessor Training. Final Report.|
|Corporate Author:||Institute for Human Services (Columbus, Ohio).
Ohio Child Welfare Training Program.
|Abstract:||This final report describes the activities and accomplishments of a federally funded project designed to examine adoption trends and training needs. The assessment was divided into Year 1 (July 1, 2003-June 30, 2004) and Year 2 (July 1, 2004-May 1, 2005) activities. Year 1 activities focused on an assessment of adoption training needs as identified by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Adoption Section staff, probate judges, and directors of both public and private adoption agencies throughout Ohio. Year 2 activities explored feedback from adoption supervisors in public and private agencies, adoption workers in public and private agencies, adoption...more|
|Document Title:||Getting the Job Done: Effectively Preparing Foster Youth for Employment.|
|Series Title:||What Works Policy Brief ; No. 9.|
|Personal Author:||Lewis, Linda.|
|Abstract:||This policy brief discusses the need to prepare foster youth for aging out of foster care and gaining employment. It provides examples of agency partnerships that leverage services and mobilize resources across communities to prepare foster youth, including the City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board s (WIB) Youth Council partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. The brief begins by describing the characteristics of foster youth, and the challenges they face when they are emancipated. The brief then outlines policy improvements that are being implemented in California that provide an opportunity for child welfare agencies...more|
|Document Title:||Training for child welfare supervisors : final project report (including, Evaluation of training for child welfare supervisors conducted by the University of Michigan School of Social Work).|
|Personal Author:||Faller, Kathleen Coulborn.|
|Abstract:||The University of Michigan School of Social Work received a discretionary grant from the Administration for Children, Youth and Families to develop and implement a training program for child welfare supervisors. The training consisted of a three-day session about federal child welfare laws and best practices, as well as monthly half-day programs about management skills. The policy and practice program addressed the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, the Multi-ethnic Placement Act with Inter-ethnic Provisions of 1996, the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Foster Care Independence Act, and concepts such as permanency and cultural competency. Topics for the monthly sessions...more|
|Document Title:||Building skills building futures : providing information technology to foster families.|
|Personal Author:||Finn, Jerry.
|Abstract:||This article describes a program developed to increase information technology access and skills among foster children and families within the context of a long-term foster care environment. The model emphasizes continuity and integration of technology into ongoing service provision for life skills development in foster youth. The authors describe the program development process, then describe a framework for evaluation and identify preliminary implementation issues. Baseline data provide evidence for a "digital divide" within the foster care community and suggest that foster children lag behind biological children in foster families in development of technology skills. Finally, experienced and anticipated implementation challenges are...more|
|Document Title:||The Legacy Project final report / Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.|
|Personal Author:||Slater, Peggy.|
|Author Affiliation:||Legacy Project.|
|Abstract:||The Legacy Project was developed in Illinois with an Adoption Opportunities Grant to facilitate permanency for children who had no prior resources for adoption or guardianship. Targeted children included teens with the goal of independence and children whose adoption by foster parents was not progressing. The overall objectives of the project were to identify barriers to permanency and increase the skill of staff to address factors that interfere with adoption or guardianship. Six modules were developed for the curriculum, based on practice expectations for preparation of children and families, recruitment, matching, and support. More than 400 workers and supervisors attended the...more|
|Document Title:||Understanding Permanency Lessons in Future Teamwork: Final Report.|
|Personal Author:||Custer, Carole.|
|Abstract:||Project UPLIFT (Understanding Permanency Lessons in Future Teamwork) was established in Colorado to expand the number of prospective adoptive families by encouraging interjurisdictional placements. Permanency also was facilitated by removing systemic barriers to adoption and educating child welfare workers and judicial personnel about effective adoption practice. Components included the Adoptive Family Resource Registry, conferences for juvenile court judges, a collaborative council of agency administrators and direct service staff, surveys of judges and child welfare professionals, training about the Multi-Ethnic Placement Act and permanency timelines, the use of real time and digital equipment in court to expedite the production of transcripts, and...more|
|Document Title:||Final project report : training managers on ASFA and results based management.|
|Personal Author:||Moore, Terry.
|Abstract:||The Results Oriented Management in Child Welfare training program was developed by the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare to help social work supervisors achieve the goals established by the Adoption and Safe Families Act. The web-based curriculum consists of three components that examine the policy context of child welfare practice, the use of data to improve programs, and best practices to ensure child safety, family reunification, family preservation, and permanency. Each module includes links to Internet resources that provide information about the Adoption and Safe Families Act, Child and Family Services Reviews, measurement techniques, federal outcomes indicators, and data...more|
|Document Title:||A Preliminary Evaluation of the Missouri Family Development Training and Credentialing Program (MOFDC).|
|Series Title:||Report 3-2004|
|Corporate Author:||University of Missouri. Institute of Public Policy.|
|Abstract:||In this brief, we present preliminary findings from a quantitative evaluation of the Missouri Family Development Training and Credentialing Program (MO FDC). The MO FDC is designed to reorient human service practice to the family support approach. It is part of a growing nationwide movement whose goal is to empower both workers and families, and which recognizes the need for credentialing or certification of direct human service providers. Based on a curriculum developed at Cornell University, Empowerment Skills for Family Workers, 2nd Edition (Forest, 2003), it is in place in 14 other states including: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia,...more|
|Document Title:||Therapeutic Foster Care and Adoption Program at Family Service of Rhode Island / Management Solutions.|
|Corporate Author:||Management Solutions.
Family Service of Rhode Island.
|Abstract:||The Therapeutic Foster Care and Adoption Program at Family Service of Rhode Island utilized an adoption opportunities grant to improve permanency planning for adolescent girls. Activities focused on the recruitment of treatment foster parents interested in adoption; training for foster parents about concurrent planning; new procedures to support reunification and adoption; and the management of placement disruptions. In addition, program staff were encouraged to involve biological families in care and to collaborate with the court system and child welfare agency. Although the program sought to facilitate ten adoptions during the grant period, only one placement was completed.|
|Document Title:||The evaluation of training for leaders of foster and adoptive parent support groups (Chapter 72 of Evidence-based practice manual : research and outcome measures in health and human services.)|
|Personal Author:||Keenan, Elizabeth King.|
|Abstract:||This chapter explains the development of a training program for leaders of support groups for foster and adoptive parents. The ongoing monthly training was intended to help leaders engage more participants and guide group discussions toward problem-solving strategies. The plan for the intervention included an evaluation component and the evaluator also served as trainer. Challenges to implementation included participants' distrust of the trainer, resistance to the training program, concerns about the confidentiality of the evaluation, and external activities that affected behavior. The chapter describes implementation issues and lessons learned from the training project, such as the use of outcome measures as...more|
|Document Title:||Project strengthening supervision : a training program for child welfare supervisors. Final report / Provided through Illinois State University, School of Social Work.|
|Personal Author:||Crowell, Dennis J.
Webber, J. Randall.
|Abstract:||The Project Strengthening Supervision curriculum was designed to equip supervisors to support child welfare workers who manage cases involving parental substance abuse. The nature of substance abuse and the requirements of child welfare regulations create highly stressful situations for direct service professionals. Supervisors must understand the dynamics of substance abuse and recovery and be able to train their staff to work effectively with families. The curriculum included three training modules that address the stages of change and motivational interviewing skills, advanced issues regarding substance abuse among families in the child welfare system, and supervision practice. Attendees indicated that the program was...more|
|Document Title:||The impact of training on worker performance and retention : perceptions of child welfare supervisors.|
|Personal Author:||Kleinpeter, Christine B.
Pasztor, Eileen Mayers.
|Author Affiliation:||California State University, Long Beach. Dept. of Social Work.|
|Abstract:||Increased responsibilities and reduced funding levels have contributed to the creation of a child welfare workforce that is underqualified and in constant turnover. Professional education is necessary to prepare social workers to manage the complexity of cases in their system, as well as to engage them in their work and improve retention. This study examined the impact of training on the competency of child welfare workers and their plans to remain in the field. A total of 130 child welfare supervisors were surveyed to identify the most important topics for training and the role of training in enhancing caseworker practice and...more|
|Document Title:||Finding and Keeping Child Welfare Workers: Effective Use of Training and Professional Development (Chapter 5 of Charting the Impacts of University-Child Welfare Collaboration.)|
|Personal Author:||Fox, Stephen R.
Miller, Viola P.
Barbee, Anita P.
|Author Affiliation:||Eastern Kentucky University.|
|Abstract:||Administrators in public human services are constantly involved in the exhausting challenge of recruiting and training staff in the child welfare arena. This article describes a program that the Commonwealth of Kentucky developed in order to address the recruitment and retention issue. The Public Child Welfare Certification Program is a special multi-university preparation program designed to recruit excellent workers from BSW programs who are prepared to take on complex cases with normal supervision within weeks of employment and to sustain those workers over time. Evaluation of the pilot indicates that the program is a great success in preparing students for child...more|
|Document Title:||Successful transitions for adult readiness (STAR) project : final report.|
|Personal Author:||Allen, Dana.|
|Abstract:||The STAR: Successful Transitions for Adult Readiness program was developed by the Academy of Professional Excellence of the San Diego State University School of Social Work to improve outcomes for foster youth making the transition to independent living. The empirically-based training focused on competencies necessary for interdisciplinary collaboration. This final report highlights the achievements of the program, which utilized a grant from the Administration for Children, Youth and Families. A total of 507 child welfare workers, foster parents, group home workers, school personnel, case managers, and supervisors attended the 15 sessions held during the three years of the project. Surveys of...more|
|Document Title:||Coordinating attachment and permanency : final report and curriculum (including, Birth family curriculum ; and Foster family curriculum) / The Adoption Center at Bellefaire JCB.|
|Personal Author:||Lorkovich, Tami.
|Abstract:||The Coordinating Attachment and Permanency (CAP) demonstration project was designed to help foster children develop positive attachments to their foster parents. Emphasis was placed on nurturing the child's strengths and reducing ambiguous feelings created by the conflicting goals of concurrent planning. Treatment for children focused on establishing trust in adult caregivers. The project also attempted to increase the sensitivity of foster parents and birth parents to the feelings of children. Services included group activities with other families, lifebooks, visitation, individual counseling, and assessment. Adapted from the North American Council on Adoptable Children family preservation program, the groups focused on issues such...more|
|Document Title:||The importance of including supervisors when evaluating child welfare workers' training.|
|Personal Author:||Mason, Susan E.
LaPorte, Heidi Heft.
|Author Affiliation:||Wurzweiler School of Social Work.|
|Abstract:||Evaluations of child welfare training programs should include input from the supervisors of trainees to determine the observable impact of professional education on practice and agency performance. This study was conducted to identify differences between supervisors and workers regarding the perceived effects of a professional development program provided to employees of New York City's Administration of Children's Services. Attendees and their supervisors were surveyed three months after the educational seminar about the worker's ability to apply the content of the training and the benefits to clients. All questionnaires were anonymous and supervisors were asked to rate the group of workers who...more|
|Document Title:||PARENT program : People Achieving Responsibility through Education, Nurturing and Training.|
|Corporate Author:||Center for Policy Research (Denver, Colo.).
Larimer County (Colo.). Child Support Enforcement.
|Abstract:||The People Achieving Responsibility through Education, Nurturing, and Training (PARENT) program was implemented in Larimer County, Colorado to equip non-custodial parents to support their children emotionally and financially. Services include parenting skills education, employment assistance, case management, and referral. A grant from the federal Office of Support Enforcement was used to pay the child support obligations of compliant participants on a temporary basis. This report presents the findings of an evaluation of the PARENT program which considered attendance and characteristics of participants, parent-child contact, client satisfaction, improvements in child support fulfillment, and trends in income. Participants in PARENT were older and...more|
|Document Title:||Final report and evaluation : innovations to increase permanency options for children in kinship care / Institute for Black Parenting.|
|Corporate Author:||Institute for Black Parenting.|
|Abstract:||The Institute for Black Parenting in California received a grant from the Administration of Children and Youth to help foster children achieve permanency by educating kinship caregivers about adoption and legal guardianship. The primary goals of the project were to support kinship caregivers throughout the home study process and to finalize 75 kinship adoptions and 40 permanent placements. Activities included training programs for kinship caregivers about permanency options, tangible assistance to caregivers undergoing a home study, a community awareness campaign, training for adoption agency staff, and annual kinship care conferences. The agency collaborated with several public, private, and faith-based organizations, such...more|
|Document Title:||Child and Family Service Reviews (CFSR's) : preliminary results and implications for training.|
|Personal Author:||Martin, Mavin.
|Abstract:||Child and Family Services Reviews are conducted by the federal government to assess state achievement of the objectives established in the Adoption and Safe Families Act. The reviews compare quantitative data to national standards and analyze state performance in seven systemic areas known to contribute to positive outcomes for children, including the operation of a statewide information system, a case review system, a quality assurance system, services to meet the strengths and needs of families, agency responsiveness to the community, and foster parent licensing and retention. Conformity on seven outcomes related to safety, permanency, and well-being also were measured. None of...more|
|Document Title:||Y.O.U.T.H. Training Project: Final Report.|
|Personal Author:||Evans, Jamie Lee.|
|Author Affiliation:||Y.O.U.T.H. Training Project.|
|Abstract:||The California Youth Connection association of foster youth and the Bay Area Academy of San Francisco State University initiated the Youth Offering Unique Tangible Help (Y.O.U.T.H.) training project to inform social workers about the needs and perspectives of adolescents preparing for independent living. Funded with a 3-year grant from the Children's Bureau, the project used a youth development approach to empower adolescents in foster care to develop and present the professional training program. Phase One focused on surveying transition-age foster youth and social workers about their working relationships and services. Based on this information, a curriculum was created to train youth...more|