ERIC Number: ED164085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
A Follow-Up Study of the Oregon Project: A Summary.
Lahti, Janet; And Others
This follow-up study of a special demonstration project (Oregon, 1973) evaluates the placement of children in foster care by exploring the stability and quality of placements. The project included 509 children who were under 12 years of age, unlikely to return home, and adoptable. The following questions were investigated: (1) How does the project's record of case disposition and placement stability compare with that of regular casework activity? (2) Can the level of adjustment of the children be accounted for at the time of the interview? and (3) Can each type of placement be described and compared with the others? The first part of the study investigated the stability and type of placement. The second part, through interviews with parents and children, assessed the placements' success and other concepts such as the child's self-concept. Among the results it was found that permanent placements made by both project workers and regular caseworkers were stable. Children in placements perceived as permanent by parents were more likely to be getting along better. Children who got along well when they first entered a placement were more likely to continue to do so. Children returned to their parents were doing well but did not score as high on adjustment and health as those in other placements. Findings are illustrated by case studies. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Children's Bureau (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Portland State Univ., OR. Regional Research Inst. for Human Services.