Diane DePanfilis

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UNLABELLED The primary purpose of the child protective services system is to protect children from the recurrence of child maltreatment. Understanding more about what predicts recurrence may help us more adequately target interventions to reduce the risk of future maltreatment. OBJECTIVE The specific objective of this study was to identify correlates of(More)
Youth in transition from out-of-home care to adulthood are a vulnerable sub-population of the foster care system. In addition to the trauma of maltreatment, and challenges associated with out-of-home care, these youth face the premature and abrupt responsibility of self-sufficiency as they leave care for independent living. The purpose of this study was to(More)
OBJECTIVE Building on a previous model of recurrence, this study examined the relationship of services on the hazard of child maltreatment recurrence during CPS intervention for families who were provided continuing intervention following a confirmed index report of physical abuse or neglect. METHOD This nonconcurrent prospective study selected 434(More)
The Neglect Scale is an easy-to-administer, retrospective, self-report measure of neglect. Research conducted by Straus and colleagues with college students indicates that this scale has a high level of internal consistency reliability and moderate construct validity. The purpose of this article is to examine the reliability and validity of the Neglect(More)
Family Connections was a demonstration program specifically designed to prevent child neglect. This article describes the development of prevention strategies and the assessment of outcomes for families who received two versions of the intervention. The sample included 154 families (473 children) in a poor, urban neighborhood who met risk criteria for child(More)
The use of structured risk-assessment systems by child protective services has increased dramatically during the past ten years. Versions of the Illinois CANTS 17B, the Washington Assessment of Risk Matrix, and the Child at Risk Field System have been put into use in some form in 23 states [Berkowitz 1991]. Despite this widespread acceptance, workload(More)
Child protective service caseworkers must make difficult decisions about the safety of maltreated children. Decision-making models for helping staff members balance the dual roles of child protection and family preservation are increasing. Results of a review of 10 models suggest that although some criteria overlap in these models, there are also wide(More)
Over the past ten years, public child protective services (CPS) agencies have adopted risk assessment systems in an effort to improve the quality of service delivery to children and their families. Various reviews of the impact of these models suggest that they have not lived up to their expectations and have had little or no impact on broad system(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the cost-effectiveness of two alternate forms of Family Connections (FC), a child neglect prevention program, in relation to changes in risk and protective factors and improvements in child safety and behavioral outcomes. METHODS In the original FC study, a sample of 154 families (473 children) in a poor, urban neighborhood, who met(More)