Saturday, December 3, 2005

Eight Year $41 Million Child Abuse Prevention Strategy Has Little Impact on Abuse

An eight year $42 million dollar child abuse prevention strategy that researchers hoped would reduce child abuse and neglect by getting more community involvement has received mixed results.  According to an Associated Press story, analysis and results released this past Wednesday showed that the experiment, tested in four cities across the nation had no significant impact on child re-abuse rates or the availability and quality of services for struggling parents. However, researchers at the University of Chicago found families that participated in the study showed modest gains in areas of reducing parental depression and stress, improvements in child safety and renewed trust in government agencies. It was hoped that by involving neighbors, relatives and others in the community, researchers believed they could reduce abuse, re-abuse and neglect and improve stability for children in foster care. The $41 million research project was funded by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and involved four pilot projects in high-risk communities in Cedar Rapids, Iowa ; St. Louis; Missouri, Louisville; Kentucky, and Jacksonville, Florida. Source: Associated Press, Murray State News, thenews.org. For more information, please click here (last visited December 3, 2005, reo).

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