Resources and information about supporting the spiritual development of children in out-of-home care.
Free Exercise in Foster Care: Defining the Scope of Religious Rights for Foster Children and Their Families
The University of Chicago Law Review, 72(1), 2005
Examines the rights of legal parents, foster children, and foster parents regarding the religious training of foster children in the context of the First Amendment guarantee of religious freedom and prohibition of State endorsement of religion.
The Importance of Religious Tolerance: A Module for Educating Foster Parents
Schatz & Horejsi
Child Welfare, 75(1), 1996
Describes a training program for foster parents that helps them become aware of the role of religion in foster parenting and learn how they would respond to the different needs of foster children with respect to their religious beliefs.
Supporting the Spirituality of Children in Foster Care and Their Caregivers
In Young Children and Foster Care: A Guide for Professionals
Describes the spiritual development of young children and examines the role of the child welfare agency in enhancing the spirituality of children in care.
Untapped Anchor: A Monograph Exploring the Role of Spirituality in the Lives of Foster Youth (PDF - 182 KB)
Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth and Family Services (2004)
Project was conducted to determine the role of spirituality in development and success for former foster youth.