Source: (2005) American Humane Association. October. Downloaded 19 December 2005.

This report presents the initial work of the External Evaluation Team for the Family Team Meeting (FTM) Program at the District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA). The outcomes and progress of the process evaluation, the impact evaluation, and the fiscal impact statement form the content of this report. This external evaluation addresses requirements of the District of Columbia’s Child in Need of Protection Act of 2004 for an “independent process and impact evaluation” of FTMs and the extension to 72-hours for holding the court proceedings regarding the removal of a child. Initial evaluation activities were qualitative in nature and conducted in the summer of 2005 and have described the implementation period and the views of a cross section of key informants. The evaluation is conducted by the Research and Evaluation unit of American Humane and a separate Advisory and Assistance Group of university-based and private-organization researchers. (ecerpt)

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