Parental Drug Use and Permanency for Young Children in Foster Care: A Competing Risk Analysis of Reunification, Guardianship, and Adoption.
Lloyd, Margaret H. Akin, Becci A. Brook, Jody.
Published: June 2017
Children and Youth Services Review
Vol. 77 , p. 177-187
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A review of the cases of 32,680 foster children in one Midwestern State found that age and drug removal status interact in a way that negatively impacts young children’s ability to achieve permanency. Children ages 0-3 with drug removals were less likely to reunify and less likely to exit to guardianship but only slightly more likely to achieve adoption. 3 figures, 3 tables, and 82 references.
substance abusing parents; permanency; foster children; preschool children; family reunification; out of home care; Removing child from home; age factors; guardianship; adoption