Evaluating the results of the CFA is crucial to the Center's mission. An independent evaluator is conducting a comprehensive evaluation of the Center's work during the Center's three-year pilot period. This period will give the evaluator enough time to gather and analyze data to determine whether the CFA innovation will have the dramatic impact on families and the child welfare system as we hypothesize. Generally speaking, our hypothesis is that children served by CFA sample families will experience fewer days in foster care than those compared with a matched control group of non-CFA families. That is, within the same sample of CFA children fewer children will enter foster care, or, if entering foster care, will spend fewer days. In the "expediting the exit" cases, CFA sample children will exit foster care much sooner. A cost analysis will demonstrate that the reduction in foster care days will save significant public dollars, dramatically offsetting the per-child cost of CFA.
Based on our early success, other jurisdictions have expressed an interest in replicating the CFA model. Similar programs have emerged in Virginia, North Carolina and Vermont, among other places. If you are interested in receiving technical assistance or training from the CFA staff on creating an office in your area, please contact Professor Sankaran at firstname.lastname@example.org.