Strengthening the Tie that Binds: Project Keeps Families Under One Roof

Evaluation of the Family Unification Program

Starting in April 1993, the Child Welfare League of America provided technical assistance to local agencies implementing the new federal Family Unification Program.

The grant also funded an evaluator for the program and an additional grant in 1996 funded completion of the evaluation by Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies.

Key Results

  • Agencies in eight cities and regions received technical assistance in collaborating to serve families in need.

Key Findings

  • Some 85 percent of the participating families were still housed after 12 months, the evaluators found.

  • They found that most families in the Family Unification Program succeeded in holding their families together or reunifying them.

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