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Evaluating the Implementation of Family Centered Practice in Maryland, July 1, 2010‐June 30, 2011.

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Ahn, Haksoon.
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University of Maryland, Baltimore. School of Social Work. Ruth H. Young Center for Families and Children.
Maryland. Social Services Administration.
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This report discusses findings from an evaluation of the implementation of Family Centered Practice (FCP) in Maryland from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011. It begins by explaining the core practice values of FCP and the core strategies used in the FCP practice model, and then describes the evaluation methodology and results. For the evaluation, 116 training evaluations were analyzed and overall feedback from trainees was very positive. Participants identified lack of resources and resistance from family members as barriers which may prevent social workers and their partner agencies from implementing FCP in the local jurisdictions. The second part of the report shares findings from a follow-up survey that included 364 child welfare employees. Findings indicate respondents hold very positive attitudes toward the implementation of FCP, FCP and principles, and working with young people. Child welfare workers also consistently indicated that Family Involvement Meetings (FIMs) are being conducted at appropriate triggers, but there were lower than expected percentages of respondents reporting opportunities to practice various skill sets of FCP. The third part of the report discusses findings from seven child welfare worker focus groups on the implementation of FCP that indicates mixed attitudes among workers around the State. The final part of the report on the use of FIMS in 24 jurisdictions notes all regions showed increases in program assignments, diverted out-of-home placements, in-home service referrals, the number of children remaining with parents, and the number of children placed with relatives. The use of the Local Supervisory Review Instrument and success indicators associated with FCP implementation are also discussed, and recommendations for program improvement in each area are provided.

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