Participant characteristics and child welfare outcomes: Factors of influence for success in the VIP-RI program

Alisha Kutzler, University of Rhode Island

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify characteristics associated with success, defined by a closed case with Child Welfare Services and reunification with biological child, in the Vulnerable Infants Program of Rhode Island (VIP-RI). Data utilized for this study came from participants from the first four years of the VIP-RI program including 206 mothers involved in the Rhode Island Family Treatment Drug Court. These mothers met criteria for this program if they used drugs during pregnancy and voluntarily opted to be part of the VIP-RI program. Demographic, service history and psycho-behavioral variables were examined and, of the hypothesized variables thought to influence success in the VIP-RI program, one significant explanatory variable was found. Results indicated that mothers of the VIP-RI program who had previous child removal were most likely to be unsuccessful in the program.^

Subject Area

Law|Psychology, Social|Sociology, Public and Social Welfare

Recommended Citation

Alisha Kutzler, "Participant characteristics and child welfare outcomes: Factors of influence for success in the VIP-RI program" (2011). Dissertations and Master's Theses (Campus Access). Paper AAI1496913.
http://digitalcommons.uri.edu/dissertations/AAI1496913

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