2007-2008 FRN Outcomes

2007-2008 FRN Outcomes

Family Relief Nursery is a member of the Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries and participates in  annual evaluations by an independent research firm.

The 2007-2008 evaluation of Oregon relief nurseries showed the following:
Outcome: Reduced risk factors

  • Children from families with four or more risk factors for abuse and neglect are more than 10 times likely to be abused than those with no risk factors.
  • Parents who participated in  Relief Nurseries had significant reduction in the number of risk factors. Families entered Relief Nurseries with an average of 11.4 risk factors per family. After 12 months, that number had decreased to eight risk factors.

Outcome: Improved parent-child interaction

  • The frequency of positive parent-child interactions increased over time, with 52% of parents showing regular, positive interactions with their children at intake, compared to 61% at the first follow-up assessment.
  • For families participating at least 12 months, 56% demonstrated consistent positive interactions when they began Relief Nursery services, compared to 80% after one year of Relief Nursery services.

Outcome: Increased self-sufficiency

  • The number of families who were employed doubled after 12 months in Relief Nursery services. When they first received Relief Nursery services, 91 percent of families were at or below the poverty level. After six months, this number decreased to 53 percent

Outcome: Increased engagement in reading

  • When they started Relief Nursery services, only 24% of parents read to their young children several times per week or more per week; however, after participating in the Relief Nurseries for at least six months this increased to 52%.
  • For families participating at least 12 months, 19% read to their children several times per week or more at program entry.  This number increased to 64% at the 12-month assessment.

Outcome: Keeping families safe

  • 98.4% of Relief Nursery children had no subsequent involvement with Child Welfare.  This means no founded abuse reports and no foster care placements.

Outcome: Positive health and decreased health care costs

After 12 months of Relief Nursery services:

  • Percentage of families linked to a primary health care provider increased from 68%  to 76%
  • Percentage of families using the emergency room for routine medical care decreased from 50% to 35%.

Outcome: Keeping families together

  • 100% of foster care placements for Relief Nursery children ended in reunification.