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Kern County Aspiranet Wraparound Program Evaluation

Wraparound services serve to support children/youth with remaining in a family setting. This study examines the level of the Kern County Aspiranet Wraparound Program in improving life domain functioning for children/youth and parents/ planned permanent caregivers. The inquiry answered three research questions: 1) How effective is the Kern County Aspiranet Wraparound Program (KCAWP) in increasing children/youth and parents/planned permanent caregivers’ life domain functioning outcomes after participation in the KCAWP? 2) What life domain areas demonstrate the greatest improvement for children/youth and parents/planned permanent caregivers after participation in the KCAWP? 3) Are there different program outcomes for participants based on age, gender, ethnicity, and the referral source type? A One-group pretest-posttest research design was used to examine 174 cases and determine the program’s level of effectiveness. Findings indicate that the KCAWP is effective in improving children/youth and parents/planned permanent caregivers’ life domain functioning. Out of the twelve life domains, ten were found to be significantly effective. The four highest life domain scores were for emotional/behavioral, school/educational, and social relationships. Results indicate that after KCAWP intervention, families have learned to deescalate crisis and safety concerns are minimal. School attendance, academic performance, and involvement in extra curricular activities also improved. Additionally, Children/youth’s attendance to therapy, coping skill development, and decision-making improved. Similarly, social relationships improved for children/youth, they learned to access community resources, and developed a natural support system. These findings demonstrate the importance of expanding wraparound services as an early intervention program.

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