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Outcomes of Team Decisionmaking
by Lopez, Angela Marie, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 53; 1486424
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine the outcomes of Imminent Risk (IR) Team Decisionmaking (TDM) cases, the characteristics of those TDMs, and the incidence of recurrence of child abuse or neglect after the IR TDM. A total of 46 TDMs were reviewed for this study.

Parent involvement was high; mothers participated in 95.7% and fathers in 71.7% of the meetings. Relatives were present at 73.9% of the meetings. The decision to leave children with their primary caretakers was the outcome at 73.9% of the meetings. In cases where the decision was made to place children in out-of-home care, 41.7% of the children were placed with relatives.

Further, only 5 families had subsequent substantiated abuse allegations. TDM offers a paradigm shift in the way child protection agencies can work with parents, extended family, service providers, and community members to collaboratively create safety plans for children at risk.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ranney, Molly
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Publication Number: 1486424
ISBN: 978-1-124-24218-7
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