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Child Welfare System Performance Mixed in First Year of Statewide Community-Based Care, Report No. 06-50, June 2006
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Since the transition to community-based care, foster children are obtaining permanent placements more quickly, but high percentages of children experience reabuse and return to foster care. More foster children also experience frequent moves among foster care placements. Community-based care has had a generally positive effect on state foster home capacity, with more foster homes and beds now available statewide and fewer foster homes over their licensed capacity. However, foster parents continue to express concerns about board rates and communication with providers.

Case managers have experienced some positive changes under community-based care, with lower caseloads and position vacancy rates. However, starting salaries are also lower and staff turnover is higher.

To help ensure that the transition to community-based care improves overall performance, the department should

  • target critical outcomes that have not shown improvement, and
  • provide additional guidance for lead agency quality assurance reviews of subcontractors.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Family Safety
Department of Children and Families

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 08-39 DCF Improves Contract Oversight of Lead Agencies; Fiscal, Quality, and Performance Assessment Are Undergoing Change, published in June 2008.
  • Report No. 07-03 CBC Pilot Project Implementation Delayed But Proceeding; Other Initiatives Implemented, published in January 2007.
  • Report No. 06-05 Additional Improvements Are Needed as DCF Redesigns Its Lead Agency Oversight Systems, published in January 2006.
  • Report No. 05-47 Progress Report: Child Welfare Legal Services Makes Some Improvements, But Other Changes Needed, published in September 2005.
  • Report No. 05-40 Progress Report: After Further Delay, DCF Redesigning Child Welfare Training and Taking Steps to Clarify Case Transfer, published in August 2005.
  • Report No. 05-12 OPPAGA Report: Child Welfare Transition Nearly Complete; Budget Allocation and Oversight Systems Need Strengthening, published in March 2005. 
  • Report No. 04-78 OPPAGA Report: Independent Living Minimum Standards Recommended for Children in Foster Care, published in November 2004.
  • Report No. 04-65 OPPAGA Report: DCF Improves Readiness Assessment Process; However, Additional Changes Are Needed, published in September 2004.
  • Report No. 04-15 Special Report:  DCF’s Lead Agency Readiness Assessment Process Meets Statutory Requirements, But Needs Strengthening, published in February 2004.
  • Report No. 03-09 Progress Report: Child Protection Program Makes Needed Changes But Lacks Data for Evaluating Results of Initiatives, published in January 2003.
  • Report No. 02-16 Progress Report of Justification Review: Child Protection Program, Department of Children and Families, published in March 2002.
  • Report No. 01-14 Justification Review: Child Protection Program, published in March 2001.

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