Foster Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Prevalence, Length of Stay, and Placement Patterns (Special issue: Child Welfare and Disabilities).
Bilaver, Lucy A. Havlicek, Judy.
Published: November-December 2013
Journal of Public Child Welfare
Vol. 7, No. 5 , p. 496-519
Taylor and Francis Group
530 Walnut Street Suite 850
Philadelphia, PA 19106
The goals of this study are to identify the prevalence of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) entering out-of-home care and to focus attention on length of stay and placement stability. To achieve these goals, this study links Illinois administrative data with Medicaid records. Overall, 2.4% of the sample has a diagnosis of ASD. The median length of stay for children with ASD is 1.6 times longer than children without ASD. A latent class analysis identifies three distinct profiles of movement: escalating, de-escalating, and continuous. Study findings are discussed in the context of service needs of children with ASD. (Author abstract)
foster children; Incidence; children with disabilities; child placement; Length of stay; Foster care drift