The current study evaluates the effectiveness of family preservation programs funded by the Mississippi Department of Human Services. This venture encompassed scrutiny and assessment of improvements in child functioning, positive changes in parental functioning and family functioning and the decrease in foster care placement. Further, this evaluation assessed client and staff satisfaction. It also included an assessment of the perceived impact this program had on the community. Results indicate that the family preservation programs were effective in improving the self-esteem of participants, family cohesion, and adaptability. There were no significant changes in child placement, teen births, or abuse rates. Client and staff satisfaction were high on all quality dimensions. The majority of the sample of community members felt that the family preservation programs were effective in the community.
Ford, Cynthia A. and Okojie, Felix A.
"A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Evaluating Family Preservation Programs,"
Journal of Family Strengths: Vol. 4
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol4/iss1/7