Explaining Reunification and Reentry 3 Years After Placement in Out-of-Home Care

Richard P. Barth, Shenyang Guo, Elizabeth C. Weigensberg, Sharon L. Christ, Christina M. Bruhn and Rebecca L. Green

in Child Welfare and Child Well-Being

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780195398465
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199863426 | DOI:
Explaining Reunification and Reentry 3 Years After Placement in Out-of-Home Care

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This chapter examines the child and family characteristics that predict children's reunification with their families after out-of-home placement. For those children who are reunified, the characteristics that foreshadow likely re-entry to foster care are analyzed. Regression models of reunification show significant gender and ethnic main effects in only the group of children 11 years old or older, despite the extensive set of statistical controls for human capital, cultural capital, and social capital factors. The developmental period after age 10 is when children are transitioning beyond parental and school supervision, to acquire the bridging social capital necessary for independent economic and social mobility in a post-traditional society.

Keywords: child welfare; foster care; family reunification

Chapter.  11622 words. 

Subjects: Child and Adolescent Social Work

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