ERIC Number: ED387775
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Adjustment of Natural Children in Treatment Foster Care.
Prosciak, Karen Victoria
The negative effects of treatment foster care on the natural children in the foster homes in this study was apparent to foster parents and program staff. The program, William Roper Hull Child and Family Services, was losing some foster families due to the negative impact that the natural children in the foster homes were experiencing. A strategy was designed and implemented to decrease the stress and anxiety experienced by natural children in treatment foster homes and to increase knowledge and perceived support. The strategy was implemented over a three week period consisting of two workshops for the natural children and one workshop for the foster parents. Nine youth, aged 9 to 15 participated in the first session of the natural children workshop. Seven attended the second session. The pretest results of the students who dropped out were not included in the final data. The effects of the strategy were measured by a pretest and a post test questionnaire given to each participant in the study. The observed response to the strategy was favorable in spite of the lack of significant statistical results to support the observations. The strategy increased awareness and knowledge of the subject and motivated program staff and foster parents to pay more attention to the natural children's needs. Appendices include sample surveys, questionnaires, workshop agendas and statistical results. Contains 23 references. (Author/SR)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Practicum Proposal, Nova University.