Ohio Soar Project: Executive Summary

Date: 01/2014

Author(s): Julie Murphy, Linda Newton-Curtis, Madeleine Kimmich

The Ohio Soar Project is an evaluation of Ohio’s three-year Differential Response project funded by the Children’s Bureau Quality Improvement Center on Differential Response. Differential Response is an emerging child welfare model which creates two tracks for referred families: for more high-risk families, the traditional “investigation” response (TR) is provided, while Alternative Response (AR) offers families a more critical role in assuring the safety and well-being of their children through partnerships with workers and supportive services. Findings from the random control trial evaluation suggest that children serve in AR are as safe as similar children served in TR and are of relatively low risk, and that perhaps the focus on engaging families penetrated the child welfare agency as a whole, impacting both AR and TR families.

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