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The Odyssey Project: A Descriptive and Prospective Study of Children and Youth in Residential Group Care and Therapeutic Foster Care--Final Report

The Odyssey Project was a multiple-site study of children and youth in residential group care and therapeutic foster care. The study was conducted by the Child Welfare League of America in cooperation with and with support of 22 of its members, the Odyssey Project Consortium. A fundamental aim of the Odyssey Project was to describe more accurately the children in residential group care and therapeutic foster care programs and to determine what differences exist in services and outcomes for youth placed in each setting.

Download a PDF of the final report. (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Salary Study

2005 Salary StudyThis biennial survey of salaries and benefits collects information from CWLA public and private member agencies who provide services to children and families. The CWLA 2005 Salary Study analyzes compensation and benefits data by region, agency budget, and agency type. This reliable resource compares salary information for similar positions among state and county public agencies and private agencies. As in the past, the questionnaires inquired about salaries, staff turnover, and general agency operations, such as budget, services offered, geographic coverage, and other issues. In addition, the surveys now include more questions on benefits provided to employees and more detailed questions on salaries and tenure for a variety of positions.

The published Salary Study may be ordered from our Webstore. CWLA member agencies my download the Salary Study in PDF format in our Member Center.

Reducing the Use of Restraint and Seclusion: Promising Practices and Successful Strategies

Fifty to 150 people die every year as a result of being physically restrained or put in seclusion in institutional settings. Restraint and seclusion is dehumanizing, humiliating, and dangerous. This issue brief is a collection of promising practices and successful strategies for limiting the use of physical restraint and seclusion, in the hopes of helping facilities eventually eliminate this practice altogether.

The published Salary Study may be ordered at Webstore.

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