Research Findings

Major Take-Aways from Evaluation

Compared with the control attorneys, QIC-trained attorneys:
  • Showed a strong interest in learning from experts and from each other.
  • Changed their approach to the cases in the direction sought by the intervention.
  • Initiated more contact with the children they represented.
  • Increased communications with others involved in their cases.
  • Were more actively involved in conflict resolution and negotiation activities.
  • This resulted in measurable improvement in permanency outcomes for children.
  • Children represented by QIC treatment attorneys in Washington were 40% more likely to experience permanency within six months of placement.

The full Research Findings are reported in CHILDREN’S JUSTICE, Chapter 10, pp. 163 – 178 including charts and more nuanced evaluations of the effect of the intervention.

 How to Improve Legal Representation of Children in America's Child Welfare System (2022).

Chapin Hall's Evaluation of the QIC-ChildRep Best Practice Model Training for Attorneys Representing Children in Child Welfare is now available in executive summary and full report formats.

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