ERIC Number: ED264955
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jun-28
Reference Count: N/A
Residential Care: Patterns of Child Placement in Three States. Report to the Honorable George Miller, Chairman, Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, House of Representatives.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Four aspects of 478 residential care facilities for children and youth in Flordia, Wisconsin, and New Jersey were examined. In addition, GAO looked at records of 539 children to illuminate the issue of how individuals are placed in residential care. Aspects examined were: (1) characteristics of residential facilities; (2) funding sources for these facilities; (3) types of children served by the facilities and their characteristics; and (4) factors influencing the placement process by which children reach residential care. To conduct the investigation, a method called Program Operations and Delivery of Services Examination (PODSE), which provides a "snapshot" of program operations at one point in time, was used. All residential care facilities providing services to children in the three states were surveyed by mail; case records on 539 children in residential care across the three states were reviewed. Findings indicated that children with higher levels of previous residential care, Medicaid eligibility, or histories of abuse or criminality tended to have government agencies involved in their placements; children with fewer of these characteristics were more likely to be placed without such involvement. Children whose families had private medical insurance were more likely to be placed without government involvement than were other children. White children were more likely to be placed in privately operated facilities than were nonwhite children, who, more typically, were placed in public facilities. (RH)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Blacks, Case Records, Children, Facilities, Family Involvement, Government Role, Individual Characteristics, Placement, Private Agencies, Public Agencies, Residential Care, State Surveys, Whites
U.S. General Accounting Office, Document Handling and Information Services Facility, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (1-5 copies, free).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Florida; New Jersey; Wisconsin