Foster Parent Support And Retention: A Policy Approach

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Leah Hamilton, Assistant Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Foster parent retention is an important, yet often overlooked, component to long term outcomes for children in the foster care system. A recent pilot study examining the perspectives of four Arkansas foster care caseworkers found that, much like the rest of the country, Arkansas experiences high foster parent attrition. This current study explores the perceived effectiveness among sixteen foster parents of the Foster Parent Support Act of 2007 for improving retention in Arkansas. It was discovered that Arkansas foster parents were largely unaware of the act and reported insufficient support, voice and information in the child welfare process.

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Hamilton, L. (2013). "Foster Parent Support and Retention: A Policy Approach." Humanities and Social Sciences Review, 2(3):377–411. Version of Record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2013
Foster care, Child welfare policy, Foster parent retention

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