ERIC Number: ED312105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Apr-27
Reference Count: N/A
A Foster Care Training Curriculum Model: Learning from Rural Communities.
Schatz, Mona Struhsaker
A survey of foster care workers and foster families in three rural Colorado counties identified needs for developing a foster care training program. The survey gathered information on the extent of current training, the importance of including foster parents and workers in a training program, types of training that should be used, and an assessment of current written materials and their dissemination. Six foster care workers and six foster care families were used in the study. Data on the foster care families was provided by the foster mother in all cases. Foster care had been provided by two families for less than a year, and between 1 and 4 years by three families. One foster care woman had been providing care for 13 years. About 66% of respondent foster care workers were married, with most being between the ages of 40 and 45. Other findings illustrated a generally poor quality of orientation and training. It is extremely important to train foster care workers and parents according to a standard, which has not been the case in Colorado. This study also found little or no standard reference material for rural issues, minorities, or gender differences as they relate to foster children. A proposed model incorporates the ideas and suggestions offered by workers and foster care families. This model, with three educational levels, would be designed to be offered in a traditional classroom setting or as an at-home training process. (TES)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Colorado State Dept. of Social Services, Boulder.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado