Although best practice is to care for children in a family environment, some children have physical, emotional, or behavioral needs that may best be addressed through the structure and services of residential or group settings. These resources may include community-based group homes, campus-style residential settings, and secure facilities. This section offers State and local information about group homes and residential settings.
Group Home StepUp Project: Moving Up & Out of Congregate Care: Final Report (MS Word - 1,874 KB)
Alameda County Children and Family Services, Casey Family Programs, & California Permanency for Youth Project (2005)
Presents findings and recommendations from Alameda County's 6-month project designed to improve the long-term outcomes of adolescents in group home care by providing structure and finding families for youth in foster care without permanence.
Unlocking the Doors: How Fundamental Changes in Residential Care Can Improve the Ways We Help Children and Families
Chance, Dickson, Bennett, & Stone (2010)
Residential Treatment for Children & Youth, 27(2)
Describes the organizational change effort that took place in a residential treatment facility for teenagers with serious emotional and behavioral challenges. The effort included implementing a service-delivery model based on a short-term, intensive residential treatment with parallel community-based services, aftercare services, improvements in the service delivery decision-making pathway, and better integration of residentially based services within a county's continuum of care.