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Previous evaluations of Family Group Decision Making suggest participation does not affect the likelihood of an out-of-home placement or a re-referral; however, many of these studies only consider the impact of Family Group Decision Making on families receiving in-home services. To capture the interdependence between re-referrals and out-of-home placements, I estimate a latent-variable model that allows for selection on out-of-home placement in the re-referral equation. I assume the unobservables in the outcome and participation decision equations observe a normal factor structure, and I calculate various mean treatment parameters where responses to treatment vary among observationally-identical families.


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