ERIC Number: ED305780
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
Foster Care for Children and Adults with Handicaps: Child Welfare and Adult Social Services. Project Report Number 23.
Hill, Bradley K.; And Others
This report summarizes state-by-state data on the number of children and adults in foster homes administered by child welfare or social service agencies. As of December 1985, there were approximately 261,000 children in out-of-home foster care, including 54,000 handicapped children, of whom 14,000 were mentally retarded. Telephone interviews and questionnaire surveys were used to gather the data from various state agencies and selected county social service agencies. In the area of children's foster care, findings are presented on the number of children in foster care, foster children with handicaps, longitudinal trends in foster care, state-by-state changes in foster care placements, statewide management information systems for children, and foster care program operation. On the topic of adult foster care, data are presented on the number of adults in foster care and the management of adult foster care programs. The report also describes specialized foster care and offers an assessment of the differential availability of foster care statistics at the state and county levels. Recommendations are offered to improve the quality of foster care data available. An appendix contains tables detailing, for each state, the number of children in foster care by type of placement and by type of disability (mental retardation; emotional disturbances; specific learning disability; hearing, visual, or speech impairments; and physical or health handicaps). (JDD)
Descriptors: Adult Foster Care, Adults, Children, Disabilities, Foster Care, National Surveys, Place of Residence, Program Administration, Residential Patterns, State Programs, Statistical Data
Center for Residential and Community Service, Minnesota University Affiliated Program on Developmental Disabilities, University of Minnesota, 6 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Dr., S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Developmental Disabilities (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Affiliated Program on Developmental Disabilities.
Note: Funded by Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Education.