Publications

Racial disproportionality in child welfare: False logic and dangerous misunderstandings
November 30, 2011
Disproportionality and disparities in child welfare appear to be widely recognized, if not fully understood, phenomena. There is often disagreement on how to interpret or find meaning in the empirical evidence that supports the existence of disproportionality and disparities; some of the result of fertile and valuable discussion; some possibly stemming from honest misunderstanding or...More
Assessing the Relationship between Efficiency and Effectiveness in Juvenile Dependency Cases
November 15, 2011
Prior NCJFCJ research suggests that lower judicial workloads are related to timely permanency in juvenile dependency cases. This important finding could be expanded upon by exploring measures of effectiveness and efficiency. This Research Memo seeks to answer two questions: (1) Do judicial workloads predict reunification? (2) Are timely outcomes related to safe and permanent outcomes? The...More
Assessing efficiency and workload implications of the King County Mediation Pilot
November 11, 2011
Child protection mediation has been used for more than 25 years to improve case processing and outcomes in juvenile dependency cases. Prior research has been primarily descriptive, and has focused on the effect of mediation on efficiency measures and on parents’ perceptions of the process. The current assessment of a mediation pilot program implemented in King County, Washington examines early...More
Parents for Parents Outcome Evaluation
October 15, 2011
The purpose of this assessment is to examine the effects of King County’s Parents for Parents Program on engaging parents in the dependency process and case processing timeliness. The evaluation found that participation in Dependency 101 was related to: increased compliance in the court‐ordered case plan by both mothers and fathers; significant increases in parents’ compliance with court‐ordered...More
Effects of parental and attorney involvement on reunification in Juvenile dependency cases
September 1, 2011
Individuals in the dependency system believe that it is important to have parties present at early decision-making hearings without much empirical support. This paper examines how involvement of mothers, fathers, and their respective legal representatives at early hearings (preliminary protective, adjudication, disposition, and first review) influences reunification in juvenile dependency cases. ...More
Washington Workload Site Assessment: Spokane
August 31, 2011
In partnership with the Washington Administrative Office of the Courts, the NCJFCJ conducted a judicial workload assessment in Washington State. The assessment identified Spokane County as having adequate judicial resources to meet current workload demands and conduct thorough hearings. This report offers a more in-depth examination of Spokane’s court practices such as a unique one family, one...More
Judicial Workload in Washington State
August 31, 2011
This report utilizes a new juvenile dependency judicial workload calculation to generate an estimate of current judicial resources and judicial resource needs in each jurisdiction in Washington state. Researchers found that the majority of Washington's courts are in need of more judicial resources in order to conduct thorough hearings.  More
Evaluation of the Parents for Parents Program in King County, Washington
July 8, 2011
This process evaluation of the King County Parents for Parents Program (P4P) examines the program’s efficacy and suggests areas for continued improvement. The evaluation has five objectives: describe the components of the P4P; describe the participants in the P4P; examine parental perceptions of the overall dependency process before and after; dependency 101; consider potential areas of...More
King County Mediation Program Assessment: Phase II
July 6, 2011
This assessment builds on a previous study of King County’s Mediation Pilot program (which can be found here). The current study expands upon earlier findings by adding additional cases to the sample and following cases through the permanency hearing and case closure (when applicable) to examine the long‐term effects. Findings indicate that: mediation increases timeliness of early case processing...More
Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care, 2011
May 1, 2011
The NCJFCJ recently released a Technical Assistance Bulletin which identifies the disproportionality rates for all states and select Model Courts across the country. Utilizing 2009 Adoption and Foster Care Reporting System (AFCARS) and 2010 census data, the Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care Technical Assistance Bulletin provides the most current estimates of racial...More