Resources include evaluations of State and local agencies' efforts to privatize services for children and families.
An Assessment of the Privatization of Child Welfare Services: Challenges and Successes
Freundlich & Gerstenzang (2003)
Explains the concept of privatization, describes the processes used by jurisdictions implementing privatization efforts, and highlights 13 themes that emerge from those jurisdictions.
A Case Study of an Agency's Three Family Preservation Contracts
Family Preservation Journal, 6, 2002
Discusses the contract-related resources, policies, and procedures that affect the ability of private agencies to provide quality services and accomplish positive client outcomes.
Evaluation of the Florida Department of Children and Families Community-Based Care Initiative (PDF - 829 KB)
Paulson, Armstrong, Fitzpatrick, Jordan, Kershaw, & Reyes et al. (2003)
Identifies emerging issues resulting from the privatization of services in several counties in Florida, and discusses policy implications and recommendations to improve privatized services.
A Market Alternative to Child Adoption and Foster Care (PDF - 51 KB)
Blackstone & Hakim
Cato Institute Journal, 22(3), 2002
Examines the success of privatization initiatives implemented in Kansas and Michigan to improve foster care and adoption services, and makes recommendations to improve the systems in both States.
The Effects of Organizational Form in the Mixed Market for Foster Care
Thornton & Cave (2009)
Discusses the effects of State government monitoring of private agencies and of anomalies in reporting patterns on the quality of privatized foster care services.
Nonprofits Moving to Performance-Based, Managed Care Contracting in Foster Care: Highlights of Research Findings (PDF - 81 KB)
Meezan & McBeath (2004)
Looks at how nonprofit child welfare agencies in Wayne County, Indiana, responded to a new performance-based reimbursement system and at implications for managers in other communities and organizational sectors.
Performance-Based Contracting for Human Services: Does It Work?
Administration in Social Work, 29(1), 2005
Examines performance-based contracting activities of selected State human services agencies, including approaches and results.
Policy Design and Its Results: An Analysis of the Effect of Decentralization on the Performance of Pennsylvania's Child Welfare Service Delivery System
Examines the privatization and performance of the child welfare system in Pennsylvania.
Private Contracting of Out-of-Home Placements and Child Protection Case Management Outcomes
Children and Youth Services Review, 24(8), 2002
Discusses organizational and institutional factors in private agencies that may affect permanency for children in out-of-home care based on outcome data from Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.
Privatization of Child Welfare Services: Challenges and Successes Executive Summary (PDF - 41 KB)
Children's Rights (2008)
Summarizes the efforts of six privatization initiatives and the aspects of each program that were effective and ineffective. Seventeen recommendations are provided to assist communities that are considering privatizing services.
Privatizing Adoption and Foster Care: Applying Auction and Market Solutions
Blackstone, Buck, & Hakim
Children and Youth Services Review, 26(11), 2004
Presents and evaluates the privatization of the administrative aspects of adoption and foster care in Kansas, Michigan, and Illinois, finding that models permitting the most competition among private and public providers achieved the best results in increasing adoptions and eliminating inefficient providers.
Satisfaction of Contract Provider Agencies With a State's Child Welfare Agency
Barton, Folaron, Busch, & Hostetter
Children and Youth Services Review, 28(3), 2006
Examines private service providers' experiences with and perceptions of the State agencies with whom they hold contracts. Findings indicate the relationship between agencies was fairly positive, with interaction quality and timeliness of payments cited as the most important aspects.