Program shows return on investmentThe Parent-Child Assistance Program costs Washington about $5,000 per mother per year. Its outcomes suggest the following savings for the state, according to the University of Washington:o Children of mothers enrolled in PCAP who were in out-of-home care and reunified at program exit had a shorter stay (3.8 months) than Washington’s statewide average (20.4 months). Reunification could save an estimated $21,200 per child.o Only 12 percent of mothers enrolled in PCAP had a subsequent alcohol- or drug-exposed infant within three years, compared with 21 percent of similar mothers over the same period who received typical substance abuse treatment without intensive case management.o From 2007 to 2012, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families was the main source of income for 61 percent of women entering PCAP compared to 31 percent at exit.o From 2007 to 2012, employment was the main source of income for 3 percent of women entering PCAP compared with 27 percent at exit.o From 1998 to 2004, PCAP clients completed 26 years of higher education during enrollment. Each additional year of schooling translates into a 10 percent increase in earnings. Clients also completed about 96 years of high school equivalency education.