Waterford Country School, Quaker Hill, CT

Improving Child Outcomes through CARE, a Program Model by Cornell University

Abstract: Waterford Country School has been running high-quality congregate care programs for many years. For the last several years, the program leadership has sought ways to improve on child outcomes beyond the consistently positive levels, and tried many new initiatives without the desired success. Two years ago, we had the opportunity to review the new CARE (Children and Residential Experiences) treatment model by Martha Holden from the Cornell University Family Life Development Center. The connection between the CARE model and what Waterford Country School was seeking was immediate:CARE provided a framework to tie together all the initiatives we identified as beneficial to children, and complemented Cornell’s Therapeutic Crisis Intervention model, which we adopted in 1994.

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