Date of Award

2008

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S.W.

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Gorey, Kevin (School of Social Work)

Keywords

Social Work.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

Family Preservation Services are intensive, time-limited programs provided to families at risk of out-of-home placement. Workers assist families to prevent out-of-home placement and ensure the child's safety. These programs have been widely used throughout the United States but have only recently emerged in Canada. Studies evaluating program effectiveness emphasize the need to examine multiple outcomes. This study examined the Family Well-Being program at the Windsor-Essex Children's Aid Society following the first year of implementation. Out-of-home placement, subsequent verified maltreatment, and case closure outcomes were studied. A quasi-experimental, matched groups design was employed and existing agency data was utilized. No significant difference was found regarding out-of-home placements or subsequent verified maltreatment. This study demonstrates the importance of evaluation early in the implementation of a new program to ensure program efficacy. Results of this study can be used to further developand enhance the program in order to achieve its intended purpose.

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