Texas Tech University Releases Community-Based Care Process Evaluation

The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) recently shared a process evaluation of Community-Based Care (CBC), completed by Dr. Wang of Texas Tech University. DFPS, the Public-Private Partnership, Single Source Continuum Contractors (SSCCs), child placing agencies, general residential operations, CASA, families and youth all contributed to the research.

The evaluation team found that all contributors and others in the community are invested in the success of children and youth in foster care. They had five areas of key findings:

  1. “Community based”
  2. Contracts
  3. Funding
  4. Transparency and accountability
  5. Evidence

The recommendations center around the themes above and include the following highlights:

  • It is proposed that CBC should be rebranded as “Community-Driven Foster Care”,
  • CBC should have more requirements for Texas-specific operations,
  • Contracting should be improved,
  • A risk-sharing funding model should be created,
  • Transparency and accountability of the SSCCs should be increased, and
  • More can be done for DFPS and the SSCCs to contribute to the evidence-based model.

This extensive report provides regional overviews, contracting information, and quantitative results of the findings.

Read the full report