Personal, family, and service utilization characteristics of children served in an urban family preservation environment

Kevin P. Quinn, Michael H. Epstein, Karl Dennis, Kathy Potter, Jennifer Sharma, Janet McKelvey, Carla Cumblad

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Over the past few years, the number of children referred to and placed into the child welfare system has grown at an alarming rate. The growth has taxed the child welfare system's ability to provide reasonable services and to systematically investigate the outcome of these services. The need to develop a comprehensive data base on who receives child welfare services and the outcomes of these services has been raised by several leading professionals and organizations. The purpose of this article is to describe the personal, family, and service utilization characteristics of children who received services at a family preservation environment in an urban setting. Descriptive data are presented on 269 children who received services in this setting between 1991-1994. Results are discussed in terms of previous research, and implications for service delivery and future research efforts are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)469-486
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1996



  • Child characteristics
  • Family characteristics
  • Family preservation
  • Service utilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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