Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Degree Granting Department

Child and Family Studies

Major Professor

Paul Stiles, J.D., Ph.D.

Committee Member

Mary Armstrong, Ph.D.

Committee Member

John Robst, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Kathleen Moore, Ph.D.


Child Welfare, Parental Substance Use


This dissertation involved an in-depth analysis of the Family Intervention Specialist (FIS) program and the development of an FIS fidelity assessment. Three studies were conducted for this analysis. Study one analyzed FIS administrative data from one Managing Entity to determine the extent that the quality assurance measures align with the core program policies and procedures established by the Department of Children and Families. Study two included a content analysis of FIS policies and procedures manuals for alignment regarding implementation practices and qualitative interviews with FIS stakeholders regarding FIS implementation, strengths, challenges, and adherence to established policies and procedures. Study three developed and tested interrater reliability of a fidelity assessment for the FIS program. Overall findings indicated that stakeholders find this program effective for families, and that while not all caregivers will maintain sobriety, without the FIS program caregivers and families would experience a higher likelihood of negative outcomes.