Assessing Restrictiveness: A Closer Look at the Foster Care Placements and Perceptions of Youth With and Without Disabilities Aging Out of Care (Special issue: Child Welfare and Disabilities).
Schmidt, Jessica. Cunningham, Miranda. Dalton, Lawrence D. Powers, Laurie E. Geenen, Sarah. Orozco, Claudia Guadalupe.
Published: November-December 2013
Journal of Public Child Welfare
Vol. 7, No. 5 , p. 586-609
Taylor and Francis Group
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Philadelphia, PA 19106
This study examined the experience of restrictiveness among transition-aged youth in foster care. Utilizing a sample of 207 youth, placement types and youth perceptions of restriction around communication, movement around one's home, and access to the community were examined for youth receiving special education services, youth receiving developmental disability services, and youth without disabilities. Youth with disabilities were more likely to be placed in more restrictive placement types and had significantly higher levels of perceived restriction in all areas. Additionally, males with disabilities experienced higher levels of restrictiveness, while White youth with disabilities also experienced greater community restrictiveness. (Author abstract)
foster adolescents; children with disabilities; aging out; child placement; kinship care; residential care institutions