Research indicates high rates of re-referral and subsequent child protection system (CPS) involvement among families with initial referrals that did not reach a threshold for case opening. Prior findings are mixed as to whether evidence-based practices and other differential response interventions produce significant decreases in CPS recidivism. This project consists of an RCT evaluation of a new engagement and service-linkage model, entitled the Neighborhood Resource Network (NRN), which is intended to decrease later child protection involvement among families with an initial referral in Orange County.
The CDN has assumed responsibility for the randomization protocol and the evaluation design. Within-family changes for families randomized to the NRN condition will be assessed using the North Carolina Family Assessment Scales instrument. Differences between the intervention and control groups were to be tracked using administrative records that document subsequent child protection involvement.
Analysis in progress.