Evaluating Outcomes for Children and Families Receiving Crisis Nursery Services

The ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center conducted the Crisis Nursery Program evaluation to examine relationships between crisis respite care and (1) incidents of reported child abuse and (2) days of involuntary out-of-home placements. The evaluation also explored the differences in outcomes between crisis respite used as a secondary prevention service and as a tertiary prevention service. Four crisis respite programs were studied, the programs each located in a different county in a western state, operate as a collaborative, and follow a common service delivery model. The evaluation was conducted over 25 months, from June 14, 2004 to July 31, 2006.

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