2015 Outcome Highlights
2016 outcome data will be available in mid-2017.

2015 Outcome Highlights

Parenting / Prevention


What We Measure: Risk factors for child abuse and neglect, through our Parenting Life Skills Center (PLSC) and Foster Futures (FF) programs.

Why We Measure: Great Circle believes that when families have the tools and support they need, they are able to better navigate stressful situations and stay together.

Measurement Tool: The Adult Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI) is designed to assess the parenting and child rearing attitudes of adolescents, adult parent and pre-parent populations. Based on the known parenting and child rearing behaviors of abusive parents, responses to the inventory provide an index of risk for practicing behaviors known to be attributable to child abuse and neglect.

Results: In 2015, there were improvements at every level of parental empathy toward children’s needs. There was a significant reduction – 10 points – in the percentage of parents at the high risk level, along with a 33-point increase in the percentage of parents in the low-risk level. The number of parents at high-risk for corporal punishment also decreased by 8 percentage points and the number in the low-risk range increased by 15 percentage points.


Family Well-Being

What We Measure: Level of family functioning in Intensive In-home Services (IIS) and Fostering Futures (FF) programs.

Why We Measure: Families can remain intact when they are stable, and have the skills and resources needed to achieve and maintain family capabilities.

Measurement Tool: The North Carolina Family Assessment Scale (NCFAS) measures family functioning from the caseworker’s perspective and includes five domains: environment, parental capabilities, family interactions, family safety and child well-being.

Results: Overall in 2015, Great Circle families demonstrated improvement in their family well-being in each of the five domains of family functioning. The largest improvements, measured from intake to case closure, were in the domains of family interactions and child well-being.



What We Measure: Great Circle’s Foster Care Case Management (FCCM) program provides, coordinates and facilitates all services necessary to support the permanency goal for the children in care. Permanencies include family reunification, adoption and guardianship.

Why We Measure: Great Circle believes that all children deserve a permanent home, and that if a child can be returned safely to the home, then the best place for the child is in the home.

Measurement Tool: Numbers are drawn from the Missouri Alliance for Children and Families Case Status client management system, and are based on statistics entered at case closure.

Results: In 2015, 33% of Great Circle’s FCCM clients achieved permanency through one of three outcomes – reunification (53%), adoption (25%) or guardianship (22%). In its contracts with agencies to provide FCCM services, the State of Missouri sets the goal for permanencies at 31%. Great Circle’s statewide rate of 33% exceeds this goal.


Child Well-Being

What We Measure: Healthy outcomes of babies born to high-risk teen mothers.

Why We Measure: When families have the tools and support they need, they are better able to navigate situations and remain intact. The Healthy Families America (HFA) model is a nationally recognized, evidence-based home visitation program. HFA focuses on overburdened families at risk for adverse childhood experiences, including child maltreatment. Parental supports and education about appropriate child development are key factors in reducing risk factors for child abuse/neglect.

Measurement Tool: Great Circle uses Healthy Families America’s curriculum best practices check list when entering relevant data into its case management administrative records of care.

Results: At the time of case closing, 92% of the target babies were receiving pediatric care, 87% of the mothers had not had a repeat pregnancy, and 97% of the families were not involved in a child abuse/neglect hotline call.