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Evaluation of Child Welfare Legal Services Pilot Projects, Report No. 96-44, January 1997
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  • Initial results of the three Child Welfare Legal Services (CWLS) pilot projects are varied. However, it is too early to distinguish the impact of the pilot projects themselves from what may be short-lived effects associated with the transition process.
  • Pilot budgets may not have sufficiently provided for start-up costs and may not be adequate for proper litigation and staff retention.
  • A number of unresolved policy issues may impede the implementation of the pilot project models on a wider scale. These include the clear identification of the CWLS attorneys' client, jurisdictional boundary complications, and questions of potential conflicts.
  • To more fully determine the effect of the pilot projects, we recommend that the pilots be extended and that an evaluation be conducted after the pilot projects have been in operation for two years.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

The Attorney General (Department of Legal Affairs)
Civil Litigation Defense for the State Agencies
Civil Enforcement
Dispute Resolution
Statewide Prosecution

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 99-53 Justification Review: Legal Affairs Provides Valuable Legal Services, But Accountability Needs to Be Strengthened, published in May 2000.
  • Report No. 96-58 Follow-up Report on the Division of Economic Crime Within the Department of Legal Affairs, published in February 1997.
  • Report No. 94-05 Performance Audit of the Division of Economic Crime, published in September 1994.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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