This report discusses the findings of an evaluation of the CAP project. It explains the purpose of the CAP was to assist the child welfare and probation systems in developing and implementing alternative services to foster care to bring about better outcomes for children and families. An evaluation of the CAP was conducted to determine whether and how changes in the funding structure for foster care affected the functioning of county child welfare systems and relevant probation systems, and to assess outcomes for dependent and delinquent children and their families.
Findings indicate the departments were most adept at reducing the number of children entering foster care. The results were mixed, however, across the departments in reducing length of time in the system and in reducing per case cost. The report concludes the departments’ use of flexible funding facilitated their pursuit of expanded programs and improved outcomes for children and families. 6 references and numerous tables and figures.
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