ERIC Number: ED382895
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Surveying Residential Treatment Centers, Client, and Family Involvement in Permanency Planning and Examining Alternatives To Increase Involvement.
Residential/group child care in the United States was established more than a century ago with permanency planning emerging in the 1970's. Even though there are many beneficial reasons to promote and participate in permanency planning, participation has often been difficult in a rural state. This paper describes a residential child care provider's efforts to increase family based services. Project data determined residential child care providers, youth in care, and family participation in permanency planning meetings within North Dakota. Results indicated residential child care providers and children in care participated in 30% of all permanency planning meetings in the state. Permanency planning meetings were attended primarily when they were conducted within a 30 mile radius of the agency. Factors affecting provider participation at permanency planning meetings included: time management; conflicting responsibilities; distance; lack of sufficient notification; and costs and expenses. As a result of the findings, a proposal was made for using conference calling as a way of increasing the provider participation in permanency planning meetings. Although face-to-face participation is desirable, conference calling could alleviate many of the factors affecting participation. (JE)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Child Placement; Family Preservation Services; North Dakota; Permanency Planning (Foster Care)
Note: Master's Practicum, Nova University.