Daniel PollackDaniel Pollack, professor of social work at Wurzweiler School of Social Work, published two “Legal Notes” in the August 2017 issue of Policy & Practice, the journal of the American Public Human Services Association.

The first, “Foster Children, Foster Parents, and Drunk Driving,” tackles the question, “Should foster parents with any history of being convicted for drunk driving be required to install a device in their car that inhibits the car from starting until sobriety is confirmed?”

Pollack cites evidence that shows that various “interlock devices,” similar to a breathalyzer or ignition locks, have reduced DUI deaths significantly. He concludes that “it’s time to add state foster care programs” to the list of agencies and organizations required to employ these interlock devices.

The second, “Good Child Welfare Metrics May Help Avert Lawsuits,” outlines the metrics that child welfare agencies can easily capture that would help them “perceive trends, establish goals, and measure results”: average first reply time, average resolution time, client satisfaction, team functioning, human resource measures (absence rate, turnover rate, and so on), and website effectiveness. “Good child welfare metrics help us monitor, audit, and make tough, informed decisions, and can help us keep the agency out of legal hot water,” Pollack writes.

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