Ohio START Evaluation 

Project Summary

Ohio START (Sobriety, Treatment, and Reducing Trauma) is an intervention program that provides specialized services, such as peer recovery supporter services and intensive trauma counseling, to children and families involved with the child welfare system due to parental substance use disorders and child maltreatment. Researchers from the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University are conducting a process and outcome evaluation of the OhioSTART program. 

Dr. Yoon is leading the child well-being evaluation (family survey) for the Ohio START program. The family survey The family survey uses a pre- and post-test survey research design: The pre-test baseline survey is conducted at the time of the intervention to collect information about parenting behaviors, family protective factors, child developmental outcomes (i.e., emotional symptoms, conduct problems, hyperactivity/inattention, peer relation problems, prosocial behavior), and demographics. A follow-up survey is conducted 6 months after the initial survey to collect post-intervention data. Information learned from the family survey will inform strategies to improve services for child welfare-involved families affected by opiates and child maltreatment. 

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Principal investigator: Bridget Freisthler, PhD (College of Social Work, OSU)

Co-investigators: Alicia Bunger, PhD; Susan Yoon, PhD; Elinam Dellor, PhD; Joyce Lee, PhD

Partners: Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO), Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs 

Funder: Public Children Services Association of Ohio 

Research Products:

Dellor, E., Yoon, S., Bunger, A., Himmeger, M., & Freisthler, B. (2021). Benchmarking Trauma in Child Welfare: A Brief Report.

Research Brief_ Evaluating Ohio START 

Ohio START Interim Evaluation Report Oct 2018 

Yoon, S., Coxe*, K., Bunger, A., Freisthler, B., Dellor, E., Langaigne*, A., & Millisor, J (2021). Feasibility of engaging child welfare-involved parents with substance use disorders in research: Key challenges and lessons learned. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 1-19