This article describes a study of the outcomes of home-based family preservation services for abusive and neglectful families in Los Angeles County. It focuses on changes in family functioning during the 3 month service period and one year after case closing. Families known to the public child welfare agency were referred to the project based on caseworker judgement of the need for services rather than on the criteria of imminent risk of placement. Two hundred forty families were randomly assigned to either the service group receiving family preservation services from two non-profit agencies or to the comparison group receiving regular public agency services. Both caseworkers and families reported small but significant improvements in family functioning for the service group families, but not for the comparison group families. Study findings also suggest the aspects of family functioning most changed by services, the characteristics of families most affected by services, and variables which predicted service success.
Meezan, William and McCroskey, Jacquelyn
"Improving Family Functioning Through Family Preservation Services: Results of the Los Angeles Experiment,"
Journal of Family Strengths:
2, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol1/iss2/5