The state Department of Children and Families released a final evaluation of the redesign of foster care in Duval and Alachua counties.
The redesign began in 2007. According to DCF, as a result of the redesign there are more than 1200 children with families today sleeping in their own beds in Duval County who would have been in foster care.
The report, completed by Casey Family Programs, found the following:
“We found that both Duval and Alachua Counties in Northeast Florida have made impressive gains in preserving families and limiting trauma to children by providing effective, family-centered services to children and families in their own homes. Both jurisdictions have successfully reduced the number of children in out-of-home care without increasing the number of children who are re-referred for child abuse and neglect.”