The main finding of the process evaluation is that CF! can be implemented with quality and fidelity in community agencies. The outcome evaluation on 62 families suggests positive medium size (Cohen's d = .52 to .70) improvements in four of the five family outcomes (cohesion, communication, family strengths and resilience and organization) measured and one small positive reduction in family conflict (d = .15). Likewise, four of the five parenting outcomes (parent involvement, supervision, efficacy, and positive parenting style) improved with medium effect size (d = .50 to .60), but parenting skills only had a small positive improvement (d = .18). These are excellent outcomes equivalent to other family skills training programs and in some cases larger. Final Outcome Evaluation for Celebrating Families! Lutra Group May 2007

The findings indicated that all participants showed significant improvement at posttest and that Hispanics showed more improvement when compared to non-Hispanics. This demonstrates that the CF! program may be effective among different ethnic groups and that the program might be successful in diverse communities. Implications for social work include that the CF! program may be a valuable resource for social work practitioners working in ethnically diverse communities, especially with Hispanic clients, and that similar programs might learn from the strategies and curriculum offered by CF! The Success Rate of Hispanics vs. Non-Hispanic participants in The Celebrating Families!. Kent D. Colman. May 2006.

A purposive sample of 78 parents was extracted from the child welfare system (CWS) database of Santa Clara County Department of Social Services. Using a series of bivariate statistical analyses, results showed that Drug Court and Celebrating Families! had 72% to 73% reunification rates, where Traditional CWS Case Plan cases had 37% reunification rate. The difference with Drug Court and Celebrating Families! cases were significant. In addition, results showed a significant trend between program outcome and timeline. The mean comparison of length of time in the child welfare system showed that families who participated in CFP reunified with their children between 6 to 12 months, those in FTDC between 13 to 18 months, and families who participated in the Traditional Child Welfare Case Plans reunified in 19 to 14 months.. An Evaluation of the Impact of the Celebrating Families! Program and Family Drug Treatment Court on Parents Receiving Family Reunification Services. Giorgio A. Quittan. April 2004.

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