Parent-Child Foster Care Program

Since 2009 RYC researchers have provided evaluation planning and technical assistance services to the Parent-Child Foster Care (PCFC) program, a treatment foster care program for pregnant and parenting youth age 12-21 and their infants/toddlers.  The overall goal of this work has been to move PCFC, developed by Casey Family Services and currently operated by Pressley Ridge, toward evidence-based practice.  PCFC addresses a national need and is unique in the nation. The program places young mothers and their children, together as a family unit, into licensed foster homes, where they work with a supportive team to access needed social services and work toward legal permanency. This program was created to strengthen relationships and achieve legal permanency for the young mother and her baby, improve the young mother’s parenting and life skills, and prepare her for adulthood. (Project Contacts: Nadine Finigan-Carr, PhD; Pamela Clarkson-Freeman, PhD)

The following deliverables have resulted from our work with the PCFC program:  

  • PCFC Evidence-Based Practice Evaluation Planning and Technical Assistance (2011-2013) 
    PCFC Program Manual

The goals of Parent-Child Foster Care Program were to (1) develop a theory of change and refine the PCFC program model and logic model accordingly; (2) establish fidelity criteria and identify appropriate indicator measures; and (3) begin development of a continuous quality improvement (CQI) system to ensure fidelity and quality of implementation and (4) develop the PCFC practice manual.  An evaluation plan was also created which will be used to assist PCFC in efforts to examine positive outcomes and more rigorous evaluation designs.  (Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Richard Barth, PI, Kantahyanee Murray, Co-PI)  

  • Other Publications

Finigan, N., Murray, K.W., O'Connor, J., Rushovich, B., Dixon, D.A., and Barth, R.P. (2014). Preventing Rapid Repeat Pregnancy and Promoting Positive Parenting among Young Mothers in Foster Care. Social Work and Public Health. In Press.

  • PCFC Evaluability Assessment (2009-2011) 
    PCFC Evaluability Assessment Final Report

    RYC researchers examined the design and operation of the program, reviewed program documents, and conducted structured interviews with the young mothers, Casey Family Services management, direct service staff, and the foster parents in the program. Using these data, the researchers prepared a program model description, a logic model, and recommendations for fidelity criteria development, outcome measurement, and evaluation planning. (Funded by Casey Family Services, Richard Barth, PI, Kantahyanee Murray, Co-PI, Anna Hayward, Co-PI)