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Evaluating Respite Care Services
The following resources present evaluations of respite care services and evaluation strategies, including State and local examples.
Benefits of Planned and Crisis Respite Care (PDF - 67 KB)
FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (2004)
Presents results of a survey finding that respite care services reduced the risk for child maltreatment or placement, improved mental health and quality of relationships, and helped parents avoid an inappropriate caregiver or environment for their children.
Crisis Respite: Evaluating Outcomes for Children and Families Receiving Crisis Nursery Services (PDF - 594 KB)
ARCH National Respite Network (2007)
Examines four crisis respite care programs in terms of incidents of reported child abuse and days of involuntary out-of-home placements.
Reports and Evaluations
The Mockingbird Society
Offers annual reports from a model program that aims to improve outcomes for children in foster care by providing respite care and family-focused social activities to foster families to improve their support systems.
Respite Care: Outcomes for Kinship and Non-Kinship Caregivers
Journal of Health and Social Policy, 22(3/4), 2007
Reports outcomes for kinship, foster, and adoptive caregivers of children with special needs who receive formal respite care services. The study addresses quality of life, health, stress, support, objective and subjective burden, and family relations.
Statewide Lifespan Respite Programs: A Study of Four State Programs (PDF - 225 KB)
Baker & Edgar (2004)
Reviews activities and outcomes of Lifespan Respite Programs in Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Wisconsin. The study found that State-level respite programs help improve families' access to services, reduce administrative costs, increase collaboration among agencies, identify gaps in services, and adapt to the needs of families.
State and local examples
Crisis Nurseries: Important Services in a System of Care for Families and Children
Cole, Wehrmann, Dewar, & Swinford
Children and Youth Services Review, 27, 2005
Presents evaluation results for five crisis nurseries in Illinois that demonstrate the vital importance of emergency support services for young children and their caregivers.
Evaluation of Oregon's Relief Nursery Program: 2005-2006 (PDF - 268 KB)
Burrus & Green (2007)
Describes the program's history and implementation, and discusses program outcomes related to family functioning, parent-child interactions, and overall family risk.
Interim Report: Respite Care Services Workgroup (PDF - 130 KB)
New York Council on Children and Families (2011)
Presents findings from the workgroup study to identify issues related to respite care with a cross‐system focus. The report provides findings, research, and recommendations for future practice.