Resources and information about the consequences of multiple placements for children and youth in out-of-home care, including State and local examples.
Characteristics and Trajectories of Treatment Foster Care Youth
Hussey & Guo
Child Welfare, 84(4), 2005
Authors profiled 119 treatment foster care youth and constructed behavioral change trajectories for a subset of 97 children.
Child Maltreatment and Juvenile Delinquency: Investigating the Role of Placement and Placement Instability
Ryan & Testa
Children and Youth Services Review, 27(3), 2005
Identifies selected factors related to child maltreatment and delinquency and disentangles the timing of delinquency petitions relative to movements within the child welfare system.
Placement Changes and Emergency Department Visits in the First Year of Foster Care
Rubin, Alessandrini, Feudtner, Localio, & Hadley
Pediatrics, 114(3), 2004
Looks at whether a greater rate of placement changes was associated with increased use of the emergency department among children in their first year of foster care.
Placement Stability and Mental Health Costs for Children in Foster Care
Rubin, Alessandrini, Feudtner, Mandell, & Localio
Pediatrics, 113(5), 2004
Tests the hypotheses that instability of foster care placements is associated with higher costs for mental health care services and that children in foster care are more likely to generate high costs for mental health services if they generate higher costs for non-mental health claims.
Placement Stability and the Psychosocial Well-Being of Children in Foster Care
Barber & Delfabbro
Research on Social Work Practice, 13(4), 2003
Assesses one of the key assumptions underlying the philosophy of permanency planning: that placement instability adversely affects the psychosocial development of children in foster care.
Predictors of Outpatient Mental Health Service Use: The Role of Foster Care Placement Change
James, Landsverk, Slymen, & Leslie
Mental Health Services Research, 6(3), 2004
Looks at the relationship between placement change and outpatient mental health service use.
Placement Instability and Juvenile Delinquency (PDF - 84 KB)
Ryan & Testa (2004)
Investigates the link between placement instability and delinquency by comparing delinquency rates for all maltreated and nonmaltreated children in Chicago and the surrounding Cook County suburbs.
State Supreme Court in Washington Recognizes Constitutional Rights of Foster Children
Youth Law News, 25(1), 2004
Looks at 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 these children emotional and psychological harm and violated their constitutional rights.