Relief Nurseries keep children out of Foster Care

A recent evaluation by Portland State University found that nearly all (98.5%) of the children enrolled in Relief Nurseries between 2008 and 2010 avoided foster care and continued living safely with their families. A later PSU study found that Relief Nurseries also reduce foster care placements and help children exit the foster care system twice as quickly as those not receiving services. The total number of scored family risk factors decreases by 15% after only 6 months, and 20% after 1 year.

Relief Nurseries improve school readiness and literacy 

Early reading to children has been found to be a key predictor of children’s language and literacy development and future success in school. While in Relief Nursery programs, the frequency of parents reading to children increased by 29% after 6 months and by 92% after 2 years.

Relief Nurseries lower domestic violence and child abuse

Relief Nurseries work to stabilize families and improve the quality of parent-child interactions. After participating in Nursery parent education programs, positive parent-child interactions increase by 36% after 6 months and by 52% after 1 year. Positive parent-child interactions are rated as consistently engaging in sensitive, responsive parenting.

Almost 50% of incoming families experience domestic violence. After 6 months, the total number of family violence/victimization risk factors decreases by 13%, and 19% for those enrolled for 1 year.

Relief Nurseries lower unemployment rates 

A lack of resources to meet basic family needs has been consistently linked to increased risk for child abuse and neglect. Relief Nurseries strive to help families become stable economically, by providing assistance connecting with job training, education, employment assistance, as well as with community resources such as WIC, TANF, child care subsidies, etc. At intake 92% of families live under the poverty line, and 81% of parents are unemployed. After 6 months, the number under the poverty line lowers by 5% and unemployment rates by 13%. After 2 years, unemployment rates drop by 20%.

Relief Nurseries decrease emergency room use

Relief Nurseries are also successful in linking families to health care resources, as evidenced by decreased use of emergency room services for routine care. After 12 months, the percentage of families using the emergency room for routine heath care decreases by 15%. After 12 months almost 100% of children have primary care physicians and are up-to-date on immunizations.

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