ERIC Number: ED132762
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Children in Long Term Care--Their Experiences and Progress.
Palmer, Sally E.
Presented are the findings of a research study designed to assess the effect on 200 children (5-21 years old) of being in long-term agency care. In part I, a survey of work in the child welfare field is noted to point out the gaps in knowledge and relatively poor progress of many children during the time they were in care. Described in part II is the way in which children were selected for the study and how their progress was measured using case records. Part III is divided into three sections: section 1 presents findings on the children's social and academic process; section 2 deals with the conditions leading to family breakdown and the handling of separation by the parents and by the agency; and considered in section 3 are the child's continuing relationship with his natural family, experiences in placement, identifications with foster families, and the role of the social worker. Part IV focuses on the pre-care and in-care conditions which seem to be associated with good progress in the child. Among the recommendations discussed in part V are that the agency determine the child's suitability to foster care before admission, that a long-term approach to children who are not good candidates for agency wardship focus on the natural family rather than substitute care, and that a continuous staff development program be established in child care agencies. Appended materials include a list of conditions for inclusion of cases, definitions for pre- and in-care factors, and sample survey forms. (SBH)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Agency Role, Child Welfare, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Secondary Education, Exceptional Child Research, Family Problems, Foster Children, Social Workers, Success
Family and Children's Services of London and Middlesex, P.O. Box 848, Sta. B, London 12, Ontario ($8.15)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of National Health and Welfare, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Family and Children's Services, London (Ontario).