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Outreach Services for African-American Families at Risk of Child Neglect (Workshop 120)
Fifty-two families at risk of neglect and who currently were not involved with Child Protection Services (CPS) were recruited from community service providers and other agency programs to receive intensive family preservation and aftercare services in an effort to prevent future neglect, abuse, and child placement. The session describes the services provided and reports the program results. Standardized scales administered at the beginning and conclusion of services showed significant improvement in family resources, family support, and child well-being during the intensive phase of services. In addition, child well-being increased significantly for the slightly under two-thirds of the outreach families who received aftercare services: 15 percent in the 3-month group and 48 percent in the 12-month group.
Portland State University
Graduate School of Social Work
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