Research & Demonstration Projects

Fostering Hope (Salem and McMinnville, OR)

At a Glance

Project Name:

Fostering Hope: Concentrating Services in High Poverty Neighborhoods

City & State:

Salem and McMinnville, Oregon 

Target Population:

Families Who Reside in High-Poverty Neighborhoods and Are At-Risk for Child Abuse, Neglect, and/or Abandonment 

Partnering Organizations:

Catholic Community Services

Salem Leadership Foundation

Mano a Mano

Options Counseling Services of Oregon

Healthy Start/Healthy Families of Marion County

Family Building Blocks

Oregon Department of Human Services – District 3

Yamhill County Health Department

Catholic Community Services Foundation 

Local Evaluator:

Pacific Research and Evaluation

Project Overview
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Catholic Community Services is collaborating with state and local government agencies, public and private sector organizations, local service providers and individuals to implement Fostering Hope:  Concentrating Services in High Poverty Neighborhoods to Reduce Child Maltreatment (FHI).  FHI will study the effects of concentrating services and increasing engagement in three high-poverty neighborhoods on reducing child maltreatment rates. The target population, which includes a high percentage of Hispanic/Latino families, presents the opportunity to examine many different characteristics and their possible relationship to the incidence of maltreatment, as well as the effect of the project interventions.  FHI’s utilization-focused and participatory evaluation uses a mixed methods design that will provide useful information both to improve the program and its decision-making and to contribute to advancing knowledge about prevention practices.  The study will employ a repeated measures quasi-experimental design comparing selected outcomes between participants from targeted neighborhoods who receive FHI services and families recruited from similar neighborhoods who do not receive coordinated FHI services.

The Fostering Hope Initiative will provide comprehensive service components designed to increase both individual and community protective factors, and decrease risk factors, as strategies for reducing maltreatment rates.  These include coordinated community outreach, neighborhood development, home visiting with wraparound supports, parenting education and support groups, volunteer respite care, access to mental health and addictions treatment, relief nursery services, and referrals to employment services, affordable housing, basic needs such as food and utility payment assistance and health care.  Based on a collaboration of community service providers that began envisioning and planning the initiative in April 2008, FHI brings together a unique combination of parents and professionals.

Project Goals

  1. Increase knowledge about the efficacy of concentrating child maltreatment prevention services in high-risk neighborhoods
  2. Increase knowledge about evidence-based practices that successfully reduce child maltreatment
  3. Disseminate successful project practices related to maltreatment prevention
  4. Continue the strong collaboration with targeted neighborhoods among project partners that prioritizes parent involvement
  5. Desired short-term outcomes: increase neighborhood engagement, improve child well-being, improve parenting, improve parent knowledge of child development, improve family functioning, ensure home safety, and increase social support
  6. Desired long-term outcomes: Reduce child maltreatment and the number of children living in foster care by 20% in the targeted neighborhoods

Participating Organizations
Lead Agency:
Catholic Community Services (CCS) is a non-profit, faith-based organization serving children, youth, adults and families with special needs in the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Oregon Coast.  Founded in Salem in 1938, CCS offers more than twenty programs providing Family Support Services, Independent Living Services, and Community Homes for children in long term foster care and for adults with developmental disabilities.  We serve more than 4,000 people annually and employ 250 members of our community.  Dedicated to providing the highest quality services and research-based practices, CCS is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Child and Family Services, Behavioral Health Services and Group Living Services.

Partner Organizations
Catholic Community Services is implementing this research and demonstration project with a number of partner organizations, including state and local government agencies, public and private sector organizations, and local service providers.  The partner organizations and roles are listed belo

 Partner Organizations

Role 

Catholic Community Services

Project management and overall direction; liaison between partners and local evaluator 

Salem Leadership Foundation

Neighborhood outreach coordination 

Mano a Mano

Neighborhood outreach coordination with the Hispanic/Latino community 

Options Counseling Services of Oregon

Parenting education and support groups, additional family supports identified through home visits and the wraparound process 

Healthy Start/Healthy Families of Marion County

Home visitors, parenting education and support groups, developmental screening, and referrals to other neighborhood services 

Family Building Blocks

Children’s therapeutic classes, parenting education, home visitors, other family support services, and referrals to other neighborhood services 

Oregon Department of Human Services - District 3

Supports and services to reduce child maltreatment as well as data collection for baseline and throughout the project 

Yamhill County Health Department

Home visitors, parenting education and support groups, wraparound services, referrals 

Catholic Community Services Foundation

Financial support for mental health and addiction treatment 

Rainbow Family Services

Neighborhood outreach coordination and services, referrals to other neighborhood services 

Pacific Research and Evaluation

Local evaluation

Local Evaluation Plan

The Fostering Hope Initiative will use utilization-focused and participatory evaluation based on a mixed methods design that will provide useful information both to improve the program and its decision-making and to contribute to advancing knowledge about prevention practices.  Careful documentation of program practices and evaluation method through a detailed procedures manual, along with summary materials, presentations, and submission of a scholarly article, will support dissemination and replication of project findings.  The study will employ a repeated measures, quasi-experimental design comparing selected outcomes between participants from targeted neighborhoods who receive FHI services and families recruited from similar neighborhoods who do not receive FHI coordinated services.  Research on the combination of a neighborhood-based intervention, collaborative service delivery and wraparound service model will yield valuable information on the intersection of these three constructs within the context of child maltreatment prevention.

Contact Information
James Seymour

Project Director
Catholic Community Services
3737 Portland Rd. NE
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 856-7001
jseymour@ccswv.org

Steven Rider, Ph.D.
Local Evaluator
Pacific Research & Evaluation
3507 SW Corbett Avenue
Portland, OR 97239
(503) 595-3970
steve@pacific-research.org

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