ECAP has been in use since July 2010 when a Kansas-based child welfare agency fully implemented it as a part of their intake operations. In 2013, researchers from the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas completed a research study that validated ECAP’s impact on the placement stability and timely permanency of children in foster care. This research study also revealed how these significantly improved outcomes could be translated into cost savings for the agencies that were responsible for providing care for these children and families.
Foster Care Technologies was officially formed in 2014 to support ECAP for current users and to make it available to other private and public agencies involved in foster care. FCT’s mission is to create a new standard in placement stability. To accomplish this, we maintain ongoing partnerships with social welfare researchers and data scientists from the University of Kansas to continue learning about placement stability and improving ECAP.
FCT is a team of social workers, software developers, and business people. We are committed to the vision of creating placement stability for all foster children and helping them achieve permanency more quickly. Placement stability is linked with positive outcomes in all areas of children’s lives, including emotional, medical, academic, and relational domains.
Research Advisory Board
FCT’s Research Advisory Board provides guidance on the research being done and on possible improvements to ECAP. Board members include:
- Dr. Jun Huan, University of Kansas School of Engineering
- Terry Moore, University of Kansas School of Social Welfare
- Dr. Andrew Zinn, University of Kansas School of Social Welfare
“There is so much information to consider at the time of placement; having one system on which to rely significantly improves the placement process. The resulting increase in placement stability from ECAP both improves the experience of children in foster care and ensures our foster parents are working with the children best suited to their home, thereby increasing their satisfaction as well.”
–Jennifer Sannan, Vice President of Intake and Admissions, Nonprofit Solutions, Inc., Kansas and Oklahoma
“Children placed with the ECAP Best Match system demonstrated higher placement stability than those where approval was given for a different level of care. For new referrals, the stability rate was nearly three times better than those placed in a lower level of care.”
–Terry D. Moore, University of Kansas School of Social Welfare Researcher
“From my organization’s perspective as a foster care network administrator, there is no more important decision we make in our daily business than where to place vulnerable, traumatized children entering foster care…This is why smart decision tools like ECAP are indispensable to the child welfare industry.
My organization began using ECAP in 2014. ECAP provides us a smarter way to match children with foster homes. Rather than phone calls and email blasts to find placement, we now have a tool that provides us with a personalized list of placement options for a given child or sibling group, ranked in order with the best placement options at the top. Providers keep their home profiles up-to-date in the system, giving our intake staff real-time access to the latest information. ECAP also helps us manage risk by warning staff of potentially unsafe placements, for example.
Our experience with ECAP to date has convinced us that tools of this kind are essential to the modernization of the child welfare industry.”
–J. Sean Allen, Ph.D., Chief Analytics Officer
Our Community, Our Kids
ACH Child and Family Services, Texas
“The database [ECAP] puts practical information in the hands of the worker or placement coordinator at the exact time that they need it.”
–Dr. Peter Pecora, Senior Director of Research Services, Casey Family Programs
“ECAP is a program with proven positive outcomes for youth being placed at the right place and for the right amount of time.”
–Amy Horgan, System of Care Coordinator, CoastalCare, North Carolina
“ECAP took the guesswork out of intake. I’ve been doing foster care and adoption for 23 years. The downfall in placing children is not having the information up front; making a blind match often leads to a poor match. The matches we received were spot-on. It took time off of my hands and allowed us to focus on quality care for each child.”
–Lisa Iezzi, Touchstone Residential, North Carolina