Do Family Support Centers Reduce Maltreatment Investigations? Evidence from Allegheny County

The Center for State Child Welfare Data analyzed Allegheny County data to explore whether the presence of a Family Support Center in a neighborhood is associated with lower child welfare maltreatment investigation rates. The analysis found that areas in Allegheny County served by Family Support Centers had fewer maltreatment investigations once the level of social disadvantage and population size were considered.

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DHS’s full evaluation of the Allegheny County Family Support Center network is available here.