Family Foster Care
In family foster care, children live with relative or nonrelative adults who have been approved by the State, or by an agency licensed by the State, to provide them with shelter and care. Resources include State and local examples.
Children in Family Foster Care
Crosson-Tower (5th ed.) (2008)
In Exploring Child Welfare: A Practice Perspective
Traces the history of family foster care and discusses the nature of foster care today. The chapter discusses the types of foster homes, reasons for coming into foster care, foster parent recruitment and training, child placement into foster care, and the stresses of being a foster parent, and it explores future trends in the provision of foster care services and more.
Family Foster Care
Pecora, Whittaker, Maluccio, Barth, DePanfilis, & Plotnick (3rd ed.) (2009)
In The Child Welfare Challenge: Policy, Practice, and Research, Revised and Expanded
Discusses the evolution, definition, and direction of family foster care; characteristics of children and youths in family foster care; racial disparity, disproportionality, and other practice issues in foster care; the professionalization of foster parents; and the effectiveness of services. The chapter concludes with consideration of the current status of family foster care.
Foster Care as an Intervention for Abused and Neglected Children
Civic Research Institute (2005)
In Child Victimization: Maltreatment, Bullying and Dating Violence, Prevention and Intervention
Summarizes research on the well-being of children in foster care and children recently emancipated from care to determine the effectiveness of foster care as an intervention.
Foster Care Today: Overview of Family Foster Care
Barbell & Freundlich (2005)
In Child Welfare for the Twenty-first Century: A Handbook of Practices, Policies, and Programs
Examines foster care at the start of the 21st century, including population trends, factors affecting the families and children served through foster care, and key aspects of practice.
Foster Family Care in the U.S.
Maluccio & Pecora (2006)
In Enhancing the Well-Being of Children and Families Through Effective Interventions: International Evidence for Practice
Reviews family foster care statistics, program evaluation, definition, and functions. The chapter describes the concepts and perspectives that guide social work intervention, the effectiveness of foster care programs in attaining key outcome areas, and important evaluation challenges. It concludes with selected suggestions for research.
The Potential for Successful Family Foster Care: Conceptualizing Competency Domains for Foster Parents
Buehler, Rhodes, Orme, & Cuddeback
Child Welfare, 85(3), 2006
Describes each of the 12 domains that need to be developed and supported to foster a child successfully. The article reviews relevant research to help guide the assessment of practicing and future foster parents.
State and local examples
No Family, No Future: Greater Investment in Family Caregiver Recruitment and Support Is Essential to Improve Outcomes for California's Foster Children (PDF - 183 KB)
County Welfare Directors Association of California & Legal Advocates for Permanent Parenting (2007)
Discusses the shortage of foster care homes for foster children in California, the benefits of family foster care, and the impact of low reimbursement rates on the supply of foster care homes. The paper also describes the provisions of Assembly Bill 324, which includes the creation of a foster and adoptive parent recruitment, retention, and support program.
Summary of Service and Support Needs of Foster Parents (PDF - 43 KB)
Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services (2006)
Outlines the service and support needs of foster parents compiled from survey results, publications, and focus groups with foster parents and county, private, and Tribal agency staff who work with foster families across Wisconsin.