Research has examined the factors that correlate with multiple placements, and their consequences, to better understand the phenomenon and inform practitioners. Multiple placements involve moves among family or group facilities in out-of-home care. Unplanned, emergency moves are also called placement disruptions. Resources include State and local examples.
Children and Youth in Foster Care: Disentangling the Relationship Between Problem Behaviors and Number of Placements
Newton, Litrownik, & Landsverk
Child Abuse and Neglect, 24(10), 2000
Looks at the relationship between change in placement and problem behaviors during a 12-month period among a cohort of foster children.
Children Referred to Residential Care: Reducing Multiple Placements, Managing Costs and Improving Treatment Outcomes
Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 22(3), 2005
Examines placement stability among 8,933 children and adolescents admitted into residential treatment facilities in California.
Reducing Multiple Placements
Review of Washington State foster care statistics that found placement instability increases with the length of stay in care.