ERIC Number: ED313148
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Foster Parents: Recruiting and Preservice Training Practices Need Evaluation. Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
A review of practices for the recruitment and preservice training of foster care parents was conducted. Foster care professionals were consulted and the literature on foster care was researched to identify causes for the nationwide shortage of foster parents. Professionals' views were sought on how best to recruit and provide initial training to foster parents. After an executive summary and introduction, the analysis is presented under the following topics: (1) reasons for the critical shortage of foster parents; (2) principles of effective foster parent recruiting; (3) principles of effective foster parent preservice training; and (4) evaluation and demonstration of effective recruiting strategies. The report also contains a recommendation that the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the comparative effectiveness of various foster parent recruiting strategies. Appendices provide highlights of selected states' foster parent recruiting and preservice training programs, comments from DHHS, and other related material. Fifty references are cited. (RH)
Descriptors: Etiology, Foster Care, Foster Family, Personnel Needs, Profiles, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Recruitment, Training
U.S. General Accounting Office, Post Office Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (first 5 copies free, additional copies $2.00 each, 25% discount on orders for 100 or more copies).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.