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Decision Point Analysis


          An Examination of Disproportionality and
             Disparity in Oregon Child Welfar...
A Study with 3 Components
n  Conducted by:    The Center for Improvement of Child
     and Family Services within the Scho...
3 Study Components

n  Analysis of Administrative Data


n  Annotated Bibliography


n  Focus Group Analysis




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Areas the Administrative Data
Component will address

n  The existence of disproportionality & disparity


n  The extent o...
Decision Point Analysis
Work Group
n  Group of Oregon DHS child welfare staff:
          n  Met 3 times
          n  Provi...
Decision Point Analysis
Work Group Members:
n  Stacey Ayers
n  Cheryl Baldomarolucas
n  Anna Cox
n  Maria Duryea
n  Beth E...
Disproportionality and
             Disparity Definitions

n  Disproportionality: when a group makes up
     a proportion ...
Disproportionality: an Example
              Oregon child protective services




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Disproportionality Index: an Example
                  Oregon & Multnomah County foster care

n  Children in care 2 – 4 ye...
Disproportionality & Disparity Index:
      an Example: in foster care 2-4 years

n  Disproportionality Index:
   n  White...
Decision Points Selected


n  Reporting: All Child Protective Services/
     Child Abuse & Neglect reports in calendar
   ...
Decision Points Selected (cont.)


n  Screening: Reports assigned for full field
     assessment (referrals/‘completed
   ...
Decision Points Selected (cont.)

n  Disposition: referrals based on their
     disposition:
          n  Referrals assess...
Decision Points Selected (cont.)


n  Removal – non-removal: ‘Founded’
   referrals with a ‘removal/hold’ designation and
...
Decision Points Selected (cont.)


n  Children in foster care (a 6-month cohort):
     All children in foster care; by typ...
Decision Points Selected (cont.)


n  Permanency: Children by type of primary
     permanency plan and children exiting fo...
Decision Points Selected
n  Reporting
n  Screening
n  Disposition
n  Removal/Hold
n  Foster Care
n  Primary Permanency Pla...
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Decision Point Analysis

  1. 1. Decision Point Analysis An Examination of Disproportionality and Disparity in Oregon Child Welfare 5/29/09 1
  2. 2. A Study with 3 Components n  Conducted by: The Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services within the School of Social Work at Portland State University n  Conducted for: The Oregon Department of Human Services and the Oregon Commission on Children and Families and the Governor’s Task Force on Disproportionality in Child Welfare n  Sponsored by: Casey Family Programs Center for the Improvement of Child and Family Services 440 University Building 520 SW Harrison, Suite 440 Portland, Oregon 97201 5/29/09 2
  3. 3. 3 Study Components n  Analysis of Administrative Data n  Annotated Bibliography n  Focus Group Analysis 5/29/09 3
  4. 4. Areas the Administrative Data Component will address n  The existence of disproportionality & disparity n  The extent of disproportionality & disparity n  The specific groups affected n  The specific decision points 5/29/09 4
  5. 5. Decision Point Analysis Work Group n  Group of Oregon DHS child welfare staff: n  Met 3 times n  Provided: advice & n  A process for making decisions n  3 Major Decisions: n  What decision points/other areas to include n  What time frame for the data n  How to define ‘foster care’ 5/29/09 5
  6. 6. Decision Point Analysis Work Group Members: n  Stacey Ayers n  Cheryl Baldomarolucas n  Anna Cox n  Maria Duryea n  Beth Englander n  Kevin George n  Kory Murphy n  Catherine Stelzer n  Shirley Vollmuller 5/29/09 6
  7. 7. Disproportionality and Disparity Definitions n  Disproportionality: when a group makes up a proportion of those experiencing some event that is higher or lower than that group’s proportion of the population n  Disparity: a comparison of one group (e.g, regarding disproportionality in services, outcomes) to another group 5/29/09 7
  8. 8. Disproportionality: an Example Oregon child protective services 5/29/09 8
  9. 9. Disproportionality Index: an Example Oregon & Multnomah County foster care n  Children in care 2 – 4 years: n  White NH 0.791 0.565 n  Asian NH 0.227 0.531 n  Hispanic 0.355 0.327 n  Black NH 2.125 2.436 n  Native American NH 10.5 22.75 (in care on 12/31/07) (N=1,451) (N=385) Oregon Mult. Co. 5/29/09 9
  10. 10. Disproportionality & Disparity Index: an Example: in foster care 2-4 years n  Disproportionality Index: n  White 58.7% in care / 74.2% in pop. = 0.791 n  Black 6.8% in care / 3.2% in pop. = 2.125 n  Disparity Index: n  2.125/0.791 = 2.686 5/29/09 10
  11. 11. Decision Points Selected n  Reporting: All Child Protective Services/ Child Abuse & Neglect reports in calendar year 2008 5/29/09 11
  12. 12. Decision Points Selected (cont.) n  Screening: Reports assigned for full field assessment (referrals/‘completed assessments’) and those reports not assigned for full field assessment (‘closed at screening’) 5/29/09 12
  13. 13. Decision Points Selected (cont.) n  Disposition: referrals based on their disposition: n  Referrals assessed as ‘founded’ n  Referrals assessed as ‘unable to determine’ n  Referrals assessed as ‘unable to determine’ with the reason of, ‘unable to locate’* n  Referrals assessed as ‘unfounded’ n  Referrals assessed as ‘no CPS assessment required’ 5/29/09 13
  14. 14. Decision Points Selected (cont.) n  Removal – non-removal: ‘Founded’ referrals with a ‘removal/hold’ designation and those ‘Founded’ referrals without a ‘removal/ hold’ designation 5/29/09 14
  15. 15. Decision Points Selected (cont.) n  Children in foster care (a 6-month cohort): All children in foster care; by type of care groups; by length of stay in care groups 5/29/09 15
  16. 16. Decision Points Selected (cont.) n  Permanency: Children by type of primary permanency plan and children exiting foster care to permanency by type of exit 5/29/09 16
  17. 17. Decision Points Selected n  Reporting n  Screening n  Disposition n  Removal/Hold n  Foster Care n  Primary Permanency Plan n  Exit from Foster Care
  18. 18. Thanks! 5/29/09 18

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