Effects of Solution-Focused Training on the Permanency Outcome in Child Welfare: A Realist Evaluation

By Mansoor Abul Fazl Kazi, Margaret Coombes, Denise Krause and Jon Anderson.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies

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The Chautauqua study compared the outcomes of children in foster care whose caseworkers either received solution-focused casework (SFC) training or not in Chautauqua County, New York. The study analyzed the child welfare outcomes of 97 children who were discharged from foster care in 2009. Findings: The correlations of children’s lengths of stay in foster care were significantly different between caseworkers who received training in SFC and those who did not participate in the training. Children had shorter lengths of stay in foster care when served by caseworkers who participated in SFC training compared to the children’s caseworkers who did not participate. Applications: Initial results suggest that there may be a positive impact of SFC training on child welfare, although other factors also impacted on the length of discharge from foster care. This study demonstrates that the effectiveness of social work training can be evaluated using client outcomes in a realist evaluation.

Keywords: Training, Realist Evaluation, Solution-focused, Child Welfare, Permanency

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp.27-39. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 6, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 591.438KB)).

Dr. Mansoor Abul Fazl Kazi

Director, Program Evaluation Center, School of Social Work, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA

Dr. Margaret Coombes

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work and Human Services, University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, BC, Canada

Jon Anderson

Behavioral Health Crisis Response System Developer, Chautauqua Tapestry, Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene, Mayville, New York, USA

Jon Anderson has been Chautauqua County's Behavioral Health Crisis Response System Developer, (Chautauqua Tapestry, Mayville, NY) since 2008, and before that he was a senior manager of the Chautauqua County DSS.