173099 Telephone survey research with primarily Latino and White parents, youth, and caregivers in Child Protective Services (CPS) reveals self-reported health/mental health challenges and that substance abuse treatment would have helped the most in preventing entry to CPS

Wednesday, October 29, 2008: 9:30 AM

Deanna C. Zachary, BA, MA , Applied Survey Research, Watsonville, CA
Santa Cruz County California is one of the first counties to directly survey the families involved in Child Protective Services (CPS). In 2007, Applied Survey Research (ASR) designed and successfully completed telephone surveys with 114 parents who had a CPS case opened in 2005/2006, 124 youth ages 12-18 who had ever been in CPS, and 131 caregivers who cared for children in 2005/2006 (for a response rate from 35% to 39%). The county has a high percentage of immigrants from Mexico so most respondents were Latino followed by White. Questions were posed to include the respondent and one child in the household and covered topics from health to needs, services received and economic status.

Health/mental health findings showed: Over one-third of parents and caregivers characterized their child's health as fair or poor. One half of parents felt that their child had an ongoing health problem which tended to be mental health or behavior related. Similarly, 62% of caregivers said the child had emotional health problems when the child was placed in their home. The majority of youth said they felt angry a lot (62%), and sad a lot (53%), nearly half said they got into fights over the last year (47%) and 24% said they had difficulties talking or socializing with people.

Parents were asked what “one” thing would have helped them the most in preventing entry into CPS, and the largest percentage of parents said substance abuse treatment and avoiding drugs/alcohol.

Learning Objectives:
1. Self reported health/mental health issues for families in CPS and the best prevention strategies according to parents in CPS. 2. How to conduct primary research with parents, youth, and caregivers in Child Protective Services to assess their needs, services recieved, and prevention possibilities. 3. Using primary data from CPS participants to create a county-wide strategic plan to improve outcomes for CPS families. 4.Comparing outcomes/issues for Latino and White families in CPS.

Keywords: Family Violence, Evaluation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was the project manager on this research project for Applied Survey Research, a non-profit social research firm.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.