None - Researchers at the University of Oklahoma just completed a six-year study on a child abuse prevention technique.
The findings on a program called SafeCare were just released.
Dr. Mark Chaffin, with the University of Oklahoma, found the home-based intervention program is working in Oklahoma.
The number of children going back into the child welfare system over four years fell from 70 percent to about 50 percent.
He says, “Often, parents are completely overwhelmed. The SafeCare program gives them the knowledge, skills and resources to care for their children.”
With the SafeCare Model, home visitors work in the home with each family for one to two hours a week over a period of about six months.
They teach parents about home safety, home cleanliness, nutrition, child medical care and parent-child interactions.
The OU study was the largest ever to test the SafeCare model.
The trial involved 219 home visitors who served 2,175 parents between 2003 and 2006.
Half of Oklahoma’s home-based programs adopted SafeCare and the other half continued to deliver standard services.
The project was funded by a $3.4 million National Institutes of Health grant with additional support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Since the trial ended, all of Oklahoma’s child welfare home-based programs have converted to the SafeCare model.
The statewide Oklahoma trial is published in the March issue of the journal Pediatrics.
The program is now being tested in other states.