Improving Child Welfare Outcomes: Balancing Investments in Prevention and Treatment

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To analyze the effects of prevention and treatment programs on child welfare outcomes, RAND researchers built a quantitative model simulating how children enter and flow through the nation's child welfare system. They then projected how different policy options (preventive services, family preservation treatment efforts, and kinship care treatment efforts) would affect a child's pathway through the system, costs, and early adulthood outcomes.