Resources and information on placement stability, or efforts to minimize the number of placements for children in out-of-home care, including State and local examples.
National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning
A collection of reports, curricula, and other resources relevant to placement stability.
Placement Stability in Foster Care
In Child Welfare for the Twenty-First Century: A Handbook of Practices, Policies, and Programs
Explores the challenges involved with defining instability in foster care placement, details the evidence regarding its effects on children and youth, reviews the magnitude of the problem, explores various risk factors, and considers promising approaches.
Safety and Stability for Foster Children: A Developmental Perspective
Future of Children, 14(1), 2004
Discusses the importance of safety and stability to healthy child development and reviews the research on the risks associated with maltreatment and the foster care experience. (PDF - 155 KB)
State and local examples
Multiple Placements in Foster Care: Literature Review of Correlates and Predictors (PDF - 111 KB)
Children and Family Research Center (2004)
Discusses the incidence of placement instability among children in Illinois foster care and reasons for this instability.
State Supreme Court in Washington Recognizes Constitutional Rights of Foster Children
Youth Law News, 25(1), 2004
Tells the story of a 1998 lawsuit filed on behalf of foster children in Washington State that claimed multiple placements and other practices by the State's child welfare system caused the children emotional and psychological harm and violated their constitutional rights.