Resources and information about the factors correlating with multiple placements of children in out-of-home care, including State and local examples.
The Developmental Histories of Children Who Experience High Levels of Placement Instability in the Care System
Adoption and Fostering, 28(4), 2004
Study of the developmental histories of children who experienced high levels of placement instability in the care system.
Matches and Mismatches: The Contribution of Carers and Children to the Success of Foster Placements
Sinclair & Wilson
British Journal of Social Work, 33(7), 2003
Study on disruptions and the reasons for placement success or lack of success.
Placement Disruption in Treatment Foster Care
Smith, Stormshak, Chamberlain, & Whaley
Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Fall 2001
Reviews placement disruption rates in traditional and treatment foster care. Contextual factors, child and caregiver characteristics, and risk factors thought to influence rates of placement disruption are explored.
Placement Movement in Out-of-Home Care: Patterns and Predictors
James, Landsverk, & Slymen
Children and Youth Services Review, 26(2), 2004
A retrospective look at the placement patterns of a cohort of 430 children between the ages of 1 and 16 who entered out-of-home care in San Diego County between May 1990 and October 1991, and who were still in placement after 18 months.
Placement Stability for Children in Out-of-Home Care: A Longitudinal Analysis
Webster, Barth, & Needell
Child Welfare, 79(5), 2000
Examines the number of placement moves experienced during an 8-year period by 5,557 children in California who first entered out-of-home care between birth and age 6.
Why Do Foster Care Placements Disrupt?: An Investigation of Reasons for Placement Change in Foster Care
Social Service Review, 78(74), 2004
Study of the reasons for placement changes in foster care.
Placement Stability of Public Children Services Agencies (PDF - 113 KB)
Ohio Office for Children and Families (2005)
Discusses the outcome of a survey exploring characteristics of children in Ohio who had multiple placements and child welfare agency practices and activities that affected placement stability.