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This article describes how implementation science and intervention research guided the process of selecting and implementing an evidence-informed intervention (Tuning in to Teens; TINT). TINT was provided as a selective prevention effort offered to families with youth aged 10 to 13 years old, with characteristics that suggest an elevated risk for post-permanency discontinuity. Usability testing findings: Contact was made with 54% of families, and 12% participated in the intervention. Multivariate results found no statistically significant differences between families who responded to outreach efforts and those who did not; families who participated in TINT and those who did not. Implications: Large public child welfare systems wanting to implement evidence-informed interventions can follow the steps detailed in this paper for selecting, adapting and implementing an intervention. Further, providers that seek to offer post adoption and guardianship services, a growing service need, may gain some insights into activities that promote service usage with this population.
adoption, implementation, intervention research, science selective prevention, Tuning in to Teens
Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work
Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau
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Rolock, Nancy, "Implementation Science and Prevention in Action: Application in a Post-Permanency World" (2019). Faculty Scholarship. 20.