ERIC Number: ED346193
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Foster Care: Fraught with Data Gaps and Inadequate Services. California Children, California Families.
Schneider, Joanne Thacker
This report focuses on the foster family home, with special emphasis on the non-relative, county-licensed home in 11 diverse counties of California. The analysis address the following four principal concerns: (1) the process of deciding to remove a child from his or her home; (2) the abuse of children who are already in foster care; (3) the growing interest in foster care "professionalization" and training; and (4) services available to children in foster family homes. The report also calls attention to major problems in data collection and reporting. The first section discusses the decision to place a child in foster care, reviewing the complexities of that action and summarizing findings in each of the counties studied. The following section on abuse in foster care describes steps for use in investigating the charge of abuse and provides county data on incidents rates. A section on training foster parents discusses efforts to raise the status and effectiveness of foster parents through training and describes a model program in Contra Costa County (California). A final section on mandated services covers 11 services and describes the limited availability of those services. A conclusion emphasizes the limitations of the scanty data available and makes nine recommendations. Included are four tables. (JB)
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Child Caregivers, Child Welfare, Decision Making, Foster Care, Foster Children, Foster Family, Human Services, Job Training, Placement, Program Evaluation, Public Policy, State Programs
Joint Publications Office, State Capitol, Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0001 ($2.50 each plus California sales tax).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Legislature, Sacramento. Assembly Office of Research.
Identifiers - Location: California