ERIC Number: ED086322
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
Children Adrift in Foster Care: A Study of Alternative Approaches.
Sherman, Edmund A.; And Others
This project was prompted by concern about the tendency for temporary foster care to drift along without definite plans for the child's return home or movement into adoption, long-term foster care or other alternative arrangements. The foster care section of the Rhode Island Department of Social and Rehabilitative Services served as a "laboratory" to test certain strategies to combat this drift. The agency was divided into three segments: (1) in one section, a monitoring system was established that required the worker to review each case at 3-month intervals and indicate what action he was taking to implement plans for the child, (2) in the second section, this monitoring system was combined with the assignment of special workers to selected cases where intensive work with the parents might facilitate the child's return home or the parents' acceptance of other plans for the child, and (3) in the third section, work proceeded as usual. Results showed that differences in the length of time in care of the children in the three segments made more difference in rate of return home than did the strategies introduced. The 1-year service project involving 413 children proved too brief in many cases to accomplish the tasks needed to ready parents to reestablish a home for their children or to reach alternative plans. However, the monitoring system led workers to more realistic planning and the use of special workers led to more discharges from foster care. (CS)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Child Welfare, Environmental Influences, Family Relationship, Foster Children, Foster Homes, Mother Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Program Evaluation, Racial Differences, Sex Differences, Social Workers, Welfare Agencies
Child Welfare League of America, Inc., 67 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003 ($1.50, Publication F-46)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Community Services Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Child Welfare League of America, Inc., New York, NY.