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Home Studies and Family Assessment
Resources and information about home studies and assessing potential foster, kinship, and adoptive families' ability to provide care for children according to State laws and policies.
|Home Study Requirements for Prospective Foster Parents|
|Series Title:||State Statutes|
|Author(s):||Child Welfare Information Gateway.
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|Year Published:||2011 - 174 pages|
|Presents State laws and policies for licensing or approving family foster homes, including laws about standards, the approval process, kinship foster care, and interjurisdictional approval. A licensed family is one that is approved by the State to provide care for children and that meets basic standards of safety set by law and regulation. These standards reduce predictable risks to the health, safety, and well-being of children in out-of-home care. The laws presented are current through October 2010.|
|The Basics of Adoption Practice|
|Series Title:||Bulletins for Professionals|
|Author(s):||Child Welfare Information Gateway
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|Year Published:||2006 - 13 pages|
|Adoption is a highly specialized field that focuses on placing children with families and providing services to ensure that these placements are permanent. In recent decades, the emphasis of adoption practice has shifted from helping families find children to finding safe and permanent families for children. Adoption workers are now expected to have extensive knowledge and understanding of the recruitment and assessment of adoptive families, the placement of children with a variety of strengths and needs, and supportive postadoption services to promote attachment and permanency for children. This bulletin provides an overview of the basics of adoption practice and the ...|
Casey Foster Applicant Inventory (CFAI) User's Manual (PDF - 4080 KB)
Buehler, Orme, Cuddeback, Le Prohn, & Cox (2004, 2nd ed.)
Introduces the CFAI, explains how to score and administer it, and answers frequently asked questions.
Foster Family Assessments
Casey Family Programs
Free tools for agency workers and foster parents to help with the foster family assessment process.
The Foster Parent Potential Scale
Orme, Buehler, McSurdy, Rhodes, & Cox (2003)
Describes the findings of field tests of the Foster Parent Potential Scale (FPPS), a new measure of the potential of foster family applicants to provide quality foster care.
Identifying and Verifying the Safe Foster Home: A Study and Assessment Method
ACTION for Child Protection (2007)
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Includes ratings to evaluate foster homes for appropriate child placement based on 14 indicators that address child, adult, and family functioning, family history, family support and resources, parenting practices, motivation and commitment, and more.
Kinship Care: Best Practice Guidance
Child Welfare League of America
Provides best practice guidelines for child welfare professionals working with kinship families.
A Retrospective Support Assessment Study of Foster and Relative Care Providers (PDF - 290 KB)
Children's Research Center (2005)
A study to develop an assessment to classify foster and relative providers by the likelihood that they will provide inadequate care to a child, using data collected from the case files of 560 foster and relative providers.