Providence House


The Crisis Nursery model is an effective and proven early intervention resource which can strengthen and preserve families and help children thrive.

External Evaluation of Providence House

A long-term outcomes study conducted by Case Western Reserve University affirmed our belief that when parents or caregivers are actively engaged in our recommended support services, there is less chance of their children entering foster care. The study was published in Volume 61 (February 2016) of Children and Youth Services Review.


Providence House recently completed a study of our long-term outcomes against public foster care data:

  • First in the US: This is the first-ever study of crisis nursery outcomes against public data in the United States
  • Independent University Evaluation: directed by David Crampton, PhD., Associate Professor of Social Work at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University – respected child welfare researcher
  • 5 Year Evaluation Period: The study assessed the relationship and outcomes between families who received Providence House services between 2006-2009 and public child welfare system data from 2005-2010
  • Nationally and Locally Funded: by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and several local funders

Major Findings

  • Reduced Foster Care Placements: When parents engage in Providence House services and complete recommended Providence House services (case managementparent education, and aftercare), their children are less likely to be placed in foster care after they leave Providence House.
  • Successful Minority Families: Minority families (African American and Bi-racial) are the most successful (vs. Caucasian), with more engagement in Providence House services and less foster care involvement after their child’s stay. 
  • Sometimes It Takes More Than Once: 26% of children at Providence House in this study had multiple admissions. Families that used Providence House multiple times were found to beno more likelyto become involved with the foster care system than families that only used Providence House once.

The Factors in Family Success

Based on the findings of this study, Providence House found four common factors that led to enduring family stability in our program:


Other Crisis Nursery Research

A growing body of national data is emerging to support Crisis Nursery programs as a vital service for families and children in crisis. These results coupled with recent research linking brain development and chronic illnesses to adverse childhood experiences, as well as the local and national effort to identify effective interventions as alternatives to foster care, clearly position the Crisis Nursery model as an effective and proven early intervention resource which can strengthen and preserve families and help children achieve their optimum potential throughout their lives.

Learn more about the research that supports Crisis Nursery programs as a vital service for families and children in crisis:

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