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Chapin Hall Evaluates Community Partnerships for Protecting Children Program

1/11/2006:   The Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago has released the results of a four-year-study evaluating the four-site Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC) pilot initiative, a reform effort embraced by many in the child welfare field as representing improvements over standard child welfare practice.

The CPPC initiative has sought to test an approach to broadening responsibility for child protection beyond the traditional child welfare agency and embedding it in the fabric of community life. The Chapin Hall evaluation examined the implementation and impact of the initiative in four pilot sites located in high-risk communities in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Jacksonville, Florida; Louisville, Kentucky; and St. Louis, Missouri.

The evaluation observed positive findings among local child welfare workers with respect to job satisfaction, role clarity, and commitment to CPPC practice principles. The study, however, found no consistent differences across the four sites in subsequent child abuse reporting rates or foster care placements between those child welfare cases served by the reform and a comparable group of families receiving the more traditional child welfare response.

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