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Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

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This evaluation examines a Community Intervention Program's goal of reducing out-of-home placements. The Community Intervention Program (CIP) is a home-based family preservation program that began servicing families in 1998. Out-of-Home placements are considered any placement for a child other than his/her natural home settings. Some examples of out-of-home placements include: foster homes, detention, hospitalization, group homes, residential treatment, wilderness camps and etc. This evaluation will include 14 families that were discharged from the Community Program of Atlanta, GA between the months of January-August, 2000. Out of the 14 families there are 21 children ranging between the ages of 5 and 17.

The purpose of this evaluation is to assess how successful the program is in meeting its intended goal of reducing out-of-home placements among the children they service. Successful placements are defined as those in which the children remained in the home 3 months post-discharge. Unsuccessful placements are defined as those in which the children were placed out of the home 3 months post-discharge. All of the families included in the study had children who have been placed out of the home at some point, and are experiencing difficulties functioning, or families who had children who were at high risk of being placed out of the home. The findings of this evaluation are expected to raise awareness in the field of social work on the importance of tracking the placement of discharged clients. Many studies show programs were successful in preventing out-of-home placements during treatment and at discharge, but there is little to no information on placement stability 3, 6, or 12 months post discharge. Implications of social work practice are discussed.

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