Strategies to Minimize Placement Disruptions
Resources and information about strategies to reduce the number of placement disruptions and moves for children and youth in out-of-home care, including State and local examples.
Achieving Permanence for Children in the Child Welfare System: Pioneering Possibilities Amidst Daunting Challenges (PDF - 596 KB)
Discusses the importance of permanency for children in the child welfare system and past and current policy efforts to achieve it. Also highlights barriers to permanency identified by State child and family service program reviews and looks at innovations in the field that are focused on improving permanency for children.
Foster Parent Characteristics That Sustain and Disrupt Foster Care Placements of Emotionally and Behaviorally Disordered Children
Builds on existing research regarding the characteristics of foster parents who are able to sustain an emotionally and behaviorally disordered child, compared to foster parents who have had a disruption.
Instability in Foster Care (PDF - 85 KB)
Discusses the causes of child placement instability and the consequences for child well-being. Also addresses strategies for combating placement instability.
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. Also discusses protective factors for placement stability.
State and local examples
Foster Care Placement Disruption in North Carolina
Fostering Perspectives, 10(1), 2005
Explores foster care placement disruption and its impact on the development of children in North Carolina. Identifies factors that prevent disruption and offers guidelines for foster parents.
Hennepin County Stability/Instability Study: Title IV-E Curriculum Module
Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (2009)
Presents findings from a study to determine factors associated with the stability and instability of placement experiences. The findings may help caseworkers understand the potential sources of disruption and determine where they may influence the stability of children's placements.
A Study of Placement Stability in Illinois
Chapin Hall Center for Children (2006)
This report details findings from the first phase of a multiyear study examining the prevalence, nature, and predictors of placement instability in substitute care. Includes suggestions for reducing the number of placements children experience.