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Overview page. Subjects: Social Work.

Care of infants and/or children by someone other than parents or legal guardians, usually with the implied assumption that this is done under the authority of an official public agency,...

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Foster Care

Joyce E. Everett.

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

P ublished online June 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Public and Nonprofit Management; Child and Adolescent Social Work; Couple and Family Social Work; Social Policy and Advocacy; Poverty. 9592 words.

Social work has long been involved in child foster care. Though its initial involvement de-emphasized the importance of infant–caregiver attachment, Bowlby’s theory of attachment is...

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Foster Care

Joyce E. Everett.

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

January 2008; p ublished online January 2008 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Social Work. 10095 words.

Social work has long been involved in child foster care. Though our initial involvement de-emphasized the importance of infant-caregiver attachment,

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Foster Care

Joan Shireman.

in Social Work

P ublished online April 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Social Work. 12181 words.

There have always been children who need temporary care outside their own homes, and, in the United States, family foster homes are the way in which most of this care is delivered. Foster...

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Foster Care

Joan Shireman.

in Social Work

P ublished online April 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Social Work. 12426 words.

There have always been children who need temporary care outside their own homes, and, in the United States, family foster homes are the way in which most of this care is delivered. Foster...

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Kinship Foster Care

Edited by Rebecca L. Hegar and Maria Scannapieco.

May 1999; p ublished online January 2009 .

Book. 266 pages.

As the number of children in foster care increases and the number of potential foster families declines, more than thirty-one percent of all children in state custody are now being placed...

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Kinship Foster Care

Rebecca L. Hegar.

in Kinship Foster Care

May 1999; p ublished online January 2009 .

Chapter. 7878 words.

This chapter discusses the shifts in the dominant paradigm for child placement practice, with emphasis on the rise of kinship foster care. It analyzes the unintended and unforeseen...

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Treatment Foster Care

Patricia Chamberlain.

in Community Treatment for Youth

February 2002; p ublished online January 2009 .

Chapter. 9490 words.

Treatment foster care (TFC) is a family-based alternative to residential, institutional, and group care for children and adolescents displaying significant behavioral, emotional, and mental...

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Youth Leaving Foster Care

Wendy B. Smith.

March 2011; p ublished online May 2011 .

Book. Subjects: Child and Adolescent Social Work. 320 pages.

The challenges faced by youth who turn eighteen and “age out” of the foster care system began to receive greater public and research attention in the 1980s. Increased funding and services...

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Kinship Foster Care in Context

Maria Scannapieco and Rebecca L. Hegar.

in Kinship Foster Care

May 1999; p ublished online January 2009 .

Chapter. 6097 words.

This chapter begins with discussions of the meaning of kinship care, demographic trends in kinship care, and permanency planning for kinship care. It then addresses some controversial...

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Foster Care, Reunification, and Adoption

Jill Duerr Berrick, Barbara Needell, Richard P. Barth and Melissa Jonson-Reid.

in The Tender Years

March 2000; p ublished online January 2009 .

Chapter. 8291 words.

This chapter examines foster care, family reunification, and adoption. Foster care is an extreme intervention for maltreated children who cannot remain safely at home. During placement, a...

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What Works in Foster Care?

Peter J. Pecora, Ronald C. Kessler, Jason Williams, A. Chris Downs, Diana J. English, James White and Kirk O'Brien.

August 2009; p ublished online September 2009 .

Book. Subjects: Child and Adolescent Social Work. 320 pages.

This book reports the findings from the Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study, which examined outcomes for adults who were placed in family foster care as children. The primary research...

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Transitions of Youth in Foster Care

Joe M. Schriver.

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

P ublished online August 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Child and Adolescent Social Work; Health, Illness, and Medicine; Occupations, Professions, and Work. 8453 words.

This entry focuses on the transition to independent living process required of youth and young adults who are “aging out” of the foster care system. It addresses the multiple risks and...

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Counseling Students Living in Foster Care

Emily S. Fisher and Kelly S. Kennedy.

in Counseling Special Populations in Schools

November 2016; p ublished online March 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: School Psychology; Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. 6890 words.

This chapter presents information and strategies for counselors who work with students who are living in foster care. Students in foster care have experienced a series of significant...

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Indicators for Placement in Foster Care

J. Strijker, Tj. Zandberg and B. F. van der Meulen.

in The British Journal of Social Work

March 2002; p ublished online March 2002 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Social Work. 0 words.

In order to develop a typology of indicators for long‐term treatment in foster care, a cluster analysis has been carried out on the items of a standardized questionnaire which is used by...

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Aging Out of Foster Care

Johanna K.P. Greeson and Allison E. Thompson.

P ublished online September 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Psychology; Social Psychology; Counselling Psychology. 13790 words.

The transition from adolescence to adulthood is a significant developmental stage. When foster youth age out of the child welfare system, they are at risk of having to transition without...

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Adolescent Development in Foster Care

Wendy B. Smith.

in Youth Leaving Foster Care

March 2011; p ublished online May 2011 .

Chapter. 7723 words.

Chapter 5 presents key features of adolescent development, including biological changes and brain development. Adolescent identity development occurs over time and in context; the chapter...

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Adult Foster Care and Adult Family Care

Vera Prosper.

in Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging

March 2006; p ublished online April 2010 .

Chapter. 5161 words.

This chapter discusses adult foster care (AFC) programs. AFC homes, as a community-integrated, small, family-based housing and care option, can satisfy the goals of several confluent...

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The Limits of Support in Foster Care

STEPHEN NIXON.

in The British Journal of Social Work

December 1997; p ublished online December 1997 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Social Work. 0 words.

This study was designed to explore the support provided for foster carers during crises. A sample of sixty-seven foster carers who had experienced an allegation of abuse against a member of...

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The trouble with foster care: the impact of stressful 'events' on foster carers

K Wilson, I Sinclair and I Gibbs.

in The British Journal of Social Work

April 2000; p ublished online April 2000 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Social Work. 0 words.

The article draws on the first stages of a large-scale longitudinal study into foster care with 'looked after' children. It uses data supplied by 950 foster carers in response to a postal...

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Quality Foster Care: My Home for Now

Jill Duerr Berrick.

in Take Me Home

February 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Chapter. 9976 words.

On any given day, there are over half-a-million children in out-of-home care in the United States; the majority of these children reside in family foster care. Yet foster care is plagued by...

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