Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago
Once the effects of case characteristics were taken into account. we found that there were no significant relationships between the duration of services. amounts of contact with workers, number of concrete services, or provision of specific types of services and case outcomes.
In sum, we discovered that the duration, amounts, and types of services do not alter the risks of placement or subsequent maltreatment among families with cocaine problems, those with inadequate housing. families of a parent with serious emotional problems, or cases with serious child care skill deficits. Directions for further research in this area are discussed.
Our work suggests that attempts to prescribe or standardize certain features of family preservation services-such as their duration and intensity-may be ill-advised. Rather, policy makers should encourage the flexible use of such services-at least until more is known about "what works best for whom" in this field.
Littell, J.H., Schuerman, J.R. and A. Chak. 1994. "What Works Best for Whom in Family Preservation? Relationships Between Service Characteristics and Outcomes for Selected Subgroups of Families." Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago.