A Review of How States are Addressing Placement Stability

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Tyreasa Washington, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: States are under increasing pressure to reduce the number of placements of foster children. Initial results from the federal Child and Family Service Reviews (CFSR) of 48 states found that only 40% of states met targets for placement stability. Consequently, many states have had to identify approaches to increase placement stability as a part of their Program Improvement Plans (PIPs). Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 44 state and county child welfare administrators, supervisors, managers, staff members, and/or foster parents from 33 states to gain an understanding of the range of approaches that states are using. Thematic analysis of the interviews revealed that states are using the following nine approaches to reduce the incidence of foster home disruptions: improving services to foster children, placement-matching, recruitment of foster parents, services and support to foster parents, training, consultation and collaboration, collaborative team approaches, involvement of biological parents, and prevention. Although 91% of states are using five to nine of these approaches to reduce placement disruption, few states are systematically evaluating the effects of these programs. More research is needed to focus on the effectiveness of the various approaches that states are using to address placement disruptions.

Additional Information

Children and Youth Services Review, 34(2), 369–378
Language: English
Date: 2012
Placement stability, Placement moves, Placement disruption, CFSR

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