ERIC Number: ED165880
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
A Follow-Up Study of the Oregon Project. Final Report.
Lahti, Janet; And Others
In 1973 the Children's Services Division (Oregon State) initiated a project to reduce the backlog of children in indeterminate status by developing more Permanent alternative placements. This follow-up study evaluates the placements of foster children who returned to their parents, were adopted, or remained in foster care. A literature review indicated that there were no evaluations of the stability of foster parent adoption. A two-phased study of 509 project children and two comparison groups was designed. The first phase measured stability of placements over 16 months. The second measured the quality of placement through interviews. It was found that permanent placements were more frequent and foster care placements were less frequent in the project group. Perception of permanence was more important than the placement a child was in. Placements with biological parents, while full of problems, were found to be satisfactory. Adoption by new parents was seen by children as an improvement over the past. On all measures, foster parent adoption was as successful as other placements. Foster care placement scores were high. Data, interview schedules and parent questionnaire are appended. (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.