With coaching from Institute for Child Success, the Children and Families Commission of Orange County explored the feasibility of expanding evidence-based child maltreatment prevention services that are a part of its Neighborhood Resource Network via PFS. This study focused on expanding two programs: Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). The target population for this intervention is families with children ages 0-5 who have an initial Child Abuse Registry Report, or may be at-risk for one, but do not qualify for assistance from the Department of Social Services.
The study concluded that PFS financing is a feasible way to reduce child maltreatment in Orange County through an expansion of Triple P. PCIT has also shown significant outcomes and a feasible expansion plan, and would be a strong complementary service to Triple P. With more work into establishing baselines and projecting impacts on child maltreatment, PCIT could also feasibly be expanded through PFS financing. A PFS project could feasibly serve almost 26,000 additional families with Triple P and 1,250 more families through PCIT over five years by expanding in six high-need cities across the County.