ERIC Number: ED501018
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 10
A Study of Placement Stability in Illinois. Chapin Hall Working Paper
Zinn, Andrew; DeCoursey, Jan; Goerge, Robert M.; Courtney, Mark E.
Chapin Hall Center for Children
This report details the findings from the first stage of a study of placement instability in substitute care in Illinois. Funded by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS), the goals of the study were to develop an accurate picture of the nature and prevalence of placement instability in Illinois and a better understanding of the predictors of placement instability. This working paper provides a synthesis of the findings that are reported in full in the body of the report. The study has two components. First, using existing administrative data from Chapin Hall's Integrated Database on Child and Family Programs in Illinois (IDB), the authors conducted descriptive and multivariate analyses of the longitudinal placement histories of children in substitute care in Illinois between 1990 and 2004. Second, using data collected in a web-based survey of IDCFS caseworkers, they examined a number of issues related to placement instability, including the characteristics of children and foster homes, the circumstances surrounding children's most recent placement moves, and service need and receipt. The following are appended: (1) Variable Descriptions and Sources; (2)Descriptive Statistics of Hazard Model Variables; (3) Transition-Specific Hazard Models of Placement Change; (4) Serious Health Problems: Included ICD-9 Disease Categories and Types; (5) Mental Health Problems and Developmental Disabilities: Included ICD-9 Categories and Types; (6) Ordinal Logit Models: Foster Home Competency Domains; and (7) References. (Contains 19 tables and 30 figures.)
Descriptors: Caseworkers, Foster Care, Child Welfare, Caregiver Child Relationship, Developmental Disabilities, Placement, Predictor Variables, Longitudinal Studies, Childhood Needs
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Sponsor: Illinois State Dept. of Children and Family Services, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL. Chapin Hall Center for Children.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois