Children in (North Carolina) counties with unified family courts experienced shorter foster care spells and higher rates of reunification with parents or primary caregivers. Shorter foster care spells translated into improved school performance measured by end-of-grade reading and math test scores.
Sloan, Frank A., Gifford, Elizabeth J., Eldred, Lindsey M., Acquah, Kofi F., and Blevins, Claire E. (2013). Do Specialty Courts Achieve Better Outcomes for Children in Foster Care Than General Courts? Evaluation Review, 37, 3-34.