Mixed Methods Study of the Effectiveness of Intensive Family Finding Services with Youth in Congregate Care.
Boel-Studt, Shamra M. Landsman, Miriam J.
Published: April-June 2017
Journal of Public Child Welfare
Vol. 11, No. 2 , p. 190-210
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
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New York, NY 20017
Helping youth in congregate care form healthy relationships and achieve stability is an ongoing concern among child welfare stakeholders. The purpose of this mixed methods study was to examine the effectiveness of a family finding intervention with youth with a history of congregate care placement and to explore factors related to the achievement of relational and physical permanency. Results from a logistic regression indicated that for youth previously in congregate care, intensive family finding increased the odds of achieving relational permanency, but not physical permanency. Qualitative analyses identified several themes surrounding successes and challenges to achieving relational and physical permanency. (Author abstract)
group homes; permanency; foster children; interpersonal relationships; kinship care; CHILD-SPECIFIC RECRUITMENT; EXTENDED FAMILIES; FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS