Improving Public Child Welfare Agency Performance in the Context of the Federal Child and Family Services Reviews
Britany Orlebeke, Fred Wulczyn, Susan Mitchell-Herzfeld2005
Following the passage of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been evaluating state child welfare systems using specific outcome measures. In response, states have started to adapt their processes for monitoring outcomes at the local level. This paper describes the approach used by the state's Office of Children and Family Services to build a robust set of outcomes, corresponding measures, and monitoring reports for local child welfare agencies. In several ways, the approach used by New York State goes beyond the federal approach, and corrects several important problems in the federal outcomes.