ERIC Number: ED149841
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
How to Measure the Cost of Foster Family Care.
Settles, Barbara H.; And Others
This report presents a method for measuring the cost of foster family care in local areas through use of governmental and other available data on costs relating to non-foster children. The cost measurement procedures used, for which 32 pages of tables and worksheet forms are provided, are designed to measure average costs in a particular area (excluding social service and agency administration costs). Direct and indirect costs are defined and discussed at length. The source of direct cost data presented is a U. S. Department of Agriculture estimate of the direct costs of raising a child to age 18, at economy, low cost and moderate cost levels, for rural farm, rural non-farm and urban families in the four U. S. census regions: North Central, South, Northeast and West. This estimate, based on 1960-61 data, is adjusted through the government's Consumer Price Index (tables included). Average costs are given, per region and degree of urbanization, for: food, clothing, housing, medical care, education, transportation and other costs. Use of such existing data bases is strongly recommended for estimating direct costs, although local differences may necessitate some primary data-gathering. Local surveys may also be needed to determine the indirect costs (the dollar value of parental time). (BF)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Cost Effectiveness, Cost Estimates, Databases, Family Income, Family Structure, Foster Children, Foster Family, Geographic Regions, Living Standards, Measurement Techniques, National Surveys, Parent Attitudes, Rural Areas, Statistical Data, Urban Areas
U. S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Administration for Children, Youth and Families, P. O. Box 1182, Washington, D.C. 20013 (free of charge)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Child Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Delaware Univ., Newark.