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ERIC Number: EJ939449
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 90
ISSN: ISSN-1531-3204
Achieving Permanence in Foster Care for Young Children: A Comparison of Kinship and Non-Kinship Placements
Pabustan-Claar, Jennifer
Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, v16 n1-2 p61-94 2007
A number of child welfare policies have reinforced the use of kinship care as the most preferred placement for foster children, reflecting the philosophy that maintaining children within their own extended family system contributes to their stability and well-being. Given the growing utilization and legislative emphasis on kinship care along with the push for an immediate implementation of permanency plans for children in foster care, this study examines how the permanency goal under the 1997 Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) is being implemented and achieved. The reunification and permanency placement (adoption or legal guardianship) outcomes of children in relative and non-relative care are analyzed, focusing on the experiences of young children. Based on public child welfare agency data from 2000 to 2003, child, case, and placement variables are explored to identify which set of factors best explains case outcomes. The present study identifies the total length of foster placement (kinship and non-kinship), the length of family maintenance services, and the number of placement changes as the most important variables in determining family reunification and permanent placement (legal guardianship and adoption) outcomes for young children. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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