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Functional Family Therapy-Child Welfare (FFT-CW®)
Program Summary: This adapted version of Functional Family Therapy is designed to improve functioning for child welfare-involved families. This program is rated Promising. Treatment families showed a statistically significant greater likelihood of achieving all treatment goals and a lower likelihood of being referred to another program at case closing, compared with control families. However, there were no statistically significant differences between groups in out-of-home placements.
Veterans Moving Forward (San Diego, Calif.)
Program Summary: This program is designed to assist incarcerated male veterans of the U.S. military by providing them with in-custody treatment, services, and linkage to rehabilitative programming and community resources and reduce their chances of recidivism. The program is rated Promising. Results showed a statistically significant reduction in recidivism for program participants during the 12-month follow-up period, compared with the comparison group.
Kinship Care for Children Removed from Home for Maltreatment
Practice Summary: An alternative to traditional foster care, this practice places children removed from home due to maltreatment with other members of their family or with friends of the family. This practice is rated Promising for reducing behavioral and adaptive problems, increasing child well-being, decreasing the number of placements, and reducing institutional abuse. The practice is rated No Effects for increasing family reunification and attachment.
Prison Visitation (Minnesota)
Program Summary: Prison visitation allows inmates housed in Minnesota facilities to be visited by family, friends, and other approved persons. The program is rated Promising. Inmates visited at least once during their confinement had statistically significant lower risks of reconvictions and technical violation revocations compared with inmates never visited. Inmates visited specifically by community volunteers also had statistically significantly lower risks of recidivism compared with comparison group inmates.
Family Group Conferencing in Child Welfare (Netherlands)
Program Summary: This program used a decision-making model to help families involved in the child welfare system to create a care plan. The program is rated No Effects. There were no statistically significant differences found in child safety, child maltreatment, length of welfare involvement, or imposed supervision orders. The treatment group reported a statistically significant higher level of perceived social support; however, the treatment group also had a higher percentage of out-of-home placements.
Martial Arts Participation and Juvenile Externalizing Behaviors
Practice Summary: The term, “martial arts,” can be used to describe any number of styles or disciplines of self-defense practices. Traditional martial arts include judo, karate, and taekwondo; however, boxing is considered a modern martial art. The practice is rated No Effects for reducing juveniles’ externalizing behaviors.
Rehabilitation Programs for Adult Offenders
Practice Summary: This practice includes programs that are designed to reduce recidivism among adult offenders by improving their behaviors, skills, mental health, social functioning, and access to education and employment. Offenders may become participants in rehabilitation programs during multiple points in their involvement with the criminal justice system. This practice is rated Promising for reducing recidivism among adult offenders.
Family Unification Program (Chicago, Ill.)
Program Summary: This program is designed to stabilize families at risk for parent-child separation by addressing housing needs. The program is rated Effective. There was a statistically significant positive effect on rate of placement in foster care for treatment group children, meaning treatment group children were placed in foster care at a slower rate, compared with control group children.
Program Summary: This program is designed to find and engage kin and fictive kin to support the needs of foster care youth. The program is rated Promising. There was a statistically significant greater number of kin and fictive kin found and positive attachment figures identified for the intervention group, compared with the comparison group. However, there was no significant difference in proportion of relative placements to total placements, reunification rates, or externalizing and internalizing behaviors.
Cyberbullying Prevention and Intervention Programs
Practice Summary: This practice comprises intervention and prevention programs that are designed to reduce or prevent negative online behaviors among school-aged children ages 9 to 19. Programs include individual-level, multi-level systemic, and universal or whole-school approaches. This practice is rated Effective for reducing cyberbullying perpetration and victimization.