Publication Title: 
Evaluation Review
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

This study finds that children in counties with unified family courts experienced shorter foster care spells and higher rates of reunification with parents or primary caregivers. Shorter foster care spells translated into improved school performance measured by end-of-grade reading and math test scores. Adult drug treatment courts were associated with lower probability of reunification with parents/primary caregivers.

Sloan F, Gifford B, et al. Do Specialty Courts Achieve Better Outcomes for Children in Foster Care Than General Courts? Evaluation Review. First published June 4, 2013. Doi: 10.1177/0193841X13487536