ERIC Number: ED352755
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
A Child's Birthright: To Live in a Family. A Vicarious Visit to Macomb-Oakland Regional Center, Mt. Clemens, Michigan.
Rosenau, Nancy, Ed.
This paper recounts the Macomb-Oakland (Michigan) Regional Center's 17-year successful experience in eliminating institutional care for children with developmental disabilities (many of them with severe disabilities) and providing all such children with specialized foster home placements. A paper by the Center's director, Gerald Provencal, describes major features of the Center's community training home program, including in-house programming, contract agreements, interdisciplinary team involvement, recruitment, training, and monitoring, and refutes six common fallacies of objections to the foster care model. Recognition of the importance of providing birth families (as well as foster families) with whatever support is needed is identified as a program outgrowth. The program's success in finding families and in maintaining placements (the average placement is more than 5 years) is then recounted. Further discussion details the process of finding families, including needs assessment, recruitment, initial inquiry call, screening, and training. Also considered are specific recruitment strategies, parental misgivings, professional attitudes, funding, and case management. Various case studies illustrate the report's major points. (DB)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Community Programs, Costs, Deinstitutionalization (of Disabled), Delivery Systems, Developmental Disabilities, Financial Support, Foster Care, Parent Attitudes, Parent Education, Placement, Program Development, Program Implementation, Recruitment, Severe Disabilities, Social Services
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Macomb-Oakland Regional Center, Mt. Clemens, MI.; Syracuse Univ., NY. Center on Human Policy.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan