Child Welfare and Protection Project Mid-Term Evaluation
Fred Wulczyn, Britany Orlebeke, Jennifer Haight, George Poede2000
This report describes the Mid-Term Evaluation of the Child Welfare and Protection Project being carried out in Romania by World Vision, Bethany Christian Services International, and Holt International Children's Services, under contract with the United States Agency for International Development. The project is part of a national reform effort to modernize the Romanian child protection system. Project activities focus on placement prevention and family preservation, and on the deinstitutionalization of children. Project staff work with communities to develop local continuums of care that include early intervention programs, education and training, and clinically appropriate alternatives to institutional placement. A major goal of the project concerns the development of system capacity to encourage both long-term sustainability and program replication. The evaluation explored the degree to which the program established resembles the program described in the original plan; whether the outcomes are consistent with the objectives of the program and the reform agenda of Romania; and the question of whether the cost is reasonable, given the outcomes and cost of the placement alternatives.