Do Intensive In-Home Services Promote Permanency?
A Case Study of Youth Villages’ Intercept® Program
In this report, Scott Huhr and Fred Wulczyn report findings from their second evaluation of Youth Villages’ Intercept® program. For the first report, Huhr and Wulczyn examined the effect of Intercept as a placement prevention program. This second study examines whether Intercept increases permanency rates. Intercept is an intensive services program that targets families with children at risk of placement and families with children who are already in foster care. When working with families whose children are in foster care, Intercept focuses on increasing the likelihood of permanency. Key features of the program include program intensity (meeting with families an average of three times weekly), low staff caseloads of 4 – 5 families, active 24/7 on-call structure, and structured weekly supervision and consultation from a licensed clinician who is an expert in the model. The state of Tennessee, which offers Intercept in various counties around the state, commissioned the study. Results indicate that Intercept does significantly raise the odds of permanency by about 24 percent.
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