SafeCare Augmented® uses motivational interviewing and other training to focus on three key outcomes that are universally important for families: creating positive relationships between caregivers and their children, ensuring homes are safe to reduce the risk of child injury, and keeping children as healthy as possible. Research shows this model:
Reduces child neglect and abuse by fostering positive parent-child interactions, improving parenting behaviors, and increasing safety in the home by removing hazards.
- SafeCare Augmented® participation decreases frequency of child welfare reports related to domestic violence [Silovsky, J. F., Bard, D., Chaffin, M., Hecht, D., Burris, L., Owora, A., & Lutzker, J. (2011). Prevention of Child Maltreatment in High-Risk Rural Families: A Randomized Clinical Trial with Child Welfare Outcomes. Children and Youth Services Review, 33(8), 1435-1444. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.04.023]
Improves child health by building caregiver skills to recognize and respond appropriately to child illness.
- SafeCare participation increases safety in the home, skills associated with child health, and positive parent-child interactions [Beachy-Quick, K., Lee, C., McConnell, L., Orsi, R., Timpe, Z., & Winokur, M. (2018). SafeCare Colorado Program Evaluation Report 2014–2017. Colorado State University, Social Work Research Center, 1-77. http://35pytx37zdp5j4hfr35of829-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/ssw/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2019/10/SafeCare-Colorado-Project-Evaluation-Report-2014-2017_final_corrected.pdf]
- Supplementing PAT with SafeCare curriculum reduces home hazards, improves caregiver ability to recognize and respond to child illness, and increases positive parenting behaviors [Guastaferro, K., Miller, K., Lai, B. S., Shanley, J., Kemner, A., Whitaker, D. J., & Lutzker, J. R. (2019). Modification to a Systematically Braided Parent-Support Curriculum: Results from a Feasibility Pilot. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 28(7), 1780-1789. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-019-01369-w]
SafeCare Augmented® serves families in Lackawanna County.