Research Works to Consider

ACRC’s research committee has selected research articles with strong relevancy to today’s work and has provided a professional review for each one. Please log into the member’s section of the website for access to these reviews.

Best Practices for Residential Interventions for Youth and their Families: A Resource Guide for Judges and Legal Partners

ACRC and the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) joined together, with the financial support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, to develop the document, Best Practices for Residential Interventions for Youth and their Families: A Resource Guide for Judges and Legal Partners, and the Executive Summary for this document.

It was an honor to be asked to engage and inform those who are charged with the well-being of youth at a most difficult time in their lives. Our hope is that this document is used far and wide as a valuable resource.

Many thanks to our partners at BBI and to Bill Martone, former ACRC board chair, for his writing expertise on this project. 

Residential Treatment Services: Is it Time for a Critical Review?

By: James K. Whittaker, Ph.D.

Over the years the full and part time group care programs that have existed in this country have fallen into disuse—an occurrence that most professionals, who saw little good and much evil in their impact on children, greeted with considerable satisfaction. As professionals withdrew their approbation the programs deteriorated, innovation ceased, and cycles of predictions of bad results and their fulfillment, spiraled the programs downward. (Wolins, 1974, p.1)

Therapeutic Residential Care for Children and Youth: A Consensus Statement of the International Work Group on Therapeutic Residential Care