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What Works in Foster Care?Key Components of Success From the Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study$

Peter J. Pecora, Ronald C. Kessler, Jason Williams, A. Chris Downs, Diana J. English, James White, and Kirk O'Brien

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195175912

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175912.001.0001

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(p.249) Appendix A Project Leaders, Staff Members, and Advisors

(p.249) Appendix A Project Leaders, Staff Members, and Advisors

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Northwest Alumni Study Investigators

Peter J. Pecora, PhD, Principal Investigator, Casey Family Programs, and Professor, School of Social Work, University of Washington

A. Chris Downs, PhD, President, The Downs Group, L. L. C. and formerly Co-Principal Investigator, Research Services, Casey Family Programs

Diana J. English, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator, Senior Director of Strategic Consulting, Casey Family Programs; formerly Chief of Research, Washington Department of Social and Health Services, Children's Administration, Division of Children and Family Services

Steven G. Heeringa, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

Ronald C. Kessler, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator and Professor, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School

James White, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator, Portland State University; formerly with and representing the Oregon Department of Human Services Children, Adults, and Families

(p.250) Project Coordinators for Northwest and Casey National Alumni Studies

Kirk O'Brien, PhD, Director of Foster Care Research, Casey Family Programs

Jason Williams, MS, Doctoral Student Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington

Merrily Wolf, BA, former Casey Alumni Studies Coordinator

Project Staff Members

Carol Brandford, former Research Manager, Washington Department of Social and Health Services, Children's Administration, Division of Children and Family Services, Office of Children's Administration Research

Nathaniel Ehrlich, former University of Michigan Study Director

Mary Herrick, former Research Assistant, Casey Family Programs

Eva Hiripi, former Senior Biostatistician, Harvard Medical School

Brian Judd, former Research Assistant, Casey Family Programs

Alisa McWilliams, Survey Manager, University of Michigan

Sarah Morello, former Research Assistant, Casey Family Programs

Nancy Sampson, Senior Research Manager, Health Care Policy, Harvard School of Medicine

Ellen Walters, former Senior Biostatistician, Harvard Medical School

Catherine Roller White, Research Analyst, Casey Family Programs

Tamera Wiggins, former Doctoral Intern, Casey Family Programs; currently Psychologist, Psychology Department, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and Queensland Health, Australia

Wai Tat Chiu, Biostatistician, Harvard Medical School

Agency Administrator Project Advisors

Rob Abrams, Assistant Regional Administrator, Oregon Department of Human Services; Children, Adults and Families; Community Human Services

(p.251) William Bell, Chief Executive Officer, Casey Family Programs

Sherry Brummel, Research Manager, Washington DSHS Office of Children's Administration Research

Adam Diamond, Staff Assistant, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard University Medical School

Paul Drews, Regional Administrator for the Metro Region, Oregon Department of Human Services; Children, Adults and Families; Community Human Services

James Edmondson, Managing Director of Field Offices, Casey Family Programs

Steve Gordon, former Chief Operating Officer, Casey Family Programs

Carolyn Graf, Transitional Resources Unit, Oregon Department of Human Services; Children, Adults and Families; Community Human Services

Mark Marsh, former Managing Director of Field Offices, Casey Family Programs

Ruth Massinga, former Chief Executive Officer, Casey Family Programs

Ken Perry, former Senior Manager, Casey Family Programs, currently, senior manager with Idaho Health and Welfare

Acknowledgements

Many conversations with alumni of foster care, foster parents, and child welfare staff have shaped this project over the years. These individuals have guided us toward key issues and paths of inquiry, as well as encouraged us to continue to involve them fully in the data interpretation and data usage phases of the effort. This theme was voiced at a recent gathering of alumni from care: “Nothing about us without us.” The alumni study team is committed to expanding our strong partnerships with alumni as we move forward, and we are thankful for the leadership that Casey's first Director of Alumni Relations, Misty Stenslie, provided to the organization.

We would like to acknowledge the following researchers and organizations that developed instruments that we drew upon to build the measures for the alumni study:

  • Mark Courtney, School of Social Work, University of Washington in Seattle, and Ande Nesmith, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, for their permission to use items from the Wisconsin Young Adult Study

  • John Dye, Alumni Location and Case Record Review Specialist, who trained and supervised many of the case record reviewers, guided the study through rough times, and continued to work on the study even after leaving for graduate school

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  • Nancy Gebler and Tina Mainieri, earlier Study Director and Survey Manager, respectively, at the Institute for Social Research, for their contributions, refinements, and great dedication to the study

  • Candace Grossman, former Administrative Assistant, Casey Family Programs, who coordinated budget development and contract management, and who led the initial communications planning efforts

  • Jean McIntosh, former Executive Vice President for Strategic Planning and Program Development, Casey Family Programs, for her support throughout much of the project

  • Jennifer Murphy, former Casey Research Assistant, who took over for John Dye and began Casey's Contact Information campaign

  • Rosie Oreskovich, who led the Washington State Children's Administration for many years and passed away in 2003

  • Paulos J. Sanna of the State of Oregon, who served as one of the project representatives during 2001

  • Leslie Schockner, former Co-Principal Investigator from the State of Oregon, and Kevin George, Transitional Resources Unit, Oregon Services to Children and Families, who helped develop and guide the project

  • John Ware and the New England Medical Center for the use of the SF®-12 Health Survey

  • Dionne White, who helped refine the case record review procedure and supervised the reviewers

  • Merrily Wolf, who served as the first Casey Project Coordinator and provided the foundation for a successful study

  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) “Starting Early Starting Smart” Steering Committee and Data Coordinating Center for the “Service Access and Use” and other sections. The national cross-site evaluation instruments were chosen or developed and the data were collected under cooperative agreements with the Starting Early Starting Smart grantees including the data coordinating center, Evaluation, Management, Training, Inc., Folsom, CA, which was responsible for the national Starting Early Starting Smart cross-site program evaluation per GFA No. 97–004 supported by the SAMHSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Casey Family Programs. (See http://ncadi.samhsa.gov/promos/sess/publications.asp)

  • The World Health Organization and the team members working with Ron Kessler on the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI) 3.0

  • The University of Maryland Rosenberg Estate Trustees, for their permission to use the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale

Project Consultants and National Advisory Committee

The following project consultants provided technical advice during the development of the research design and measurement approach. We thank each of them for their suggestions and encouragement. The project team, however, (p.253) takes full responsibility for any remaining limitations or errors in the design or measures.

  • Byron Egeland, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota

  • David Fanshel, DSW, Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work, Columbia University

  • Steven Finch, PhD, SUNY at Stonybrook

  • John Landsverk, PhD, Center for Research on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Children's Hospital, San Diego

  • James K. Whittaker, PhD, Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work, University of Washington

  • Susan Zuravin, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Maryland

National Scientific Advisory Panel

  • Stephen Budde, PhD, Chapin Hall Center for Children, University of Chicago

  • Peter R. Correia III, National Resource Center for Youth Services

  • Mark Courtney, PhD, Partners for Our Children and School of Social Work, University of Washington

  • Renda Dionne, Ph.D, formerly with Indian Child and Family Services, National Indian Child Welfare Agency, Oregon Social Learning Center

  • Trudy Festinger, PhD, Ehrenkranz School of Social Work, New York University

  • Harold Grotevant, PhD, Family Social Science, University of Minnesota

  • Ron Haskins, Brookings Center on Children and Families (former Staff Director, U.S. House of Representatives)

  • Penny Maza, PhD, formerly with Federal Children's Bureau/ACYF

  • Teresa Miramontes, MD, Special advisor and alumna of Casey Family Programs

  • Sandy Oos, Foster Parent, Casey Family Programs

  • Alfred Perez, Westat Corporation (and former staff member for the California Youth Connection)

  • Jessica Watson-Crosby, National Association of Former Foster Children

  • Susan Zuravin, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Maryland