What Works in Foster Care?: Key Components of Success From the Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study by Peter J. PecoraWhat Works in Foster Care?: Key Components of Success From the Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study by Peter J. Pecora

What Works in Foster Care?: Key Components of Success From the Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study

byPeter J. Pecora, Ronald C. Kessler, Jason Williams

Hardcover | September 16, 2009

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On any given day, nearly half a million children are served by foster care services in the U.S. at an annual cost of over $25 billion. Growing demand and shrinking funds have so greatly stressed the child welfare system that calls for orphanages have re-entered the public debate for the firsttime in nearly half a century. New ideas are desperately needed to transform a system in crisis, guarantee better outcomes for children in foster care, and reduce the need for out-of-home care in the first place.Yet little is known about what works in foster care. Very few studies have examined how alumni have fared as adults or tracked long-term health effects, and even fewer have directly compared different foster care services. In one of the most comprehensive studies of adults formerly in foster careever conducted, the Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study found that quality foster care services for children pay big dividends when they grow into adults. Key investments in highly trained staff, low caseloads, and robust supplementary services can dramatically reduce the rates of mental disordersand substance abuse later in life and increase the likelihood of completing education beyond high school and remaining employed. The results of this unparalleled study document not only the more favorable outcomes for youth who receive better services but the overall return when an investment ismade in high quality foster care: every dollar invested in a child generates $1.50 in benefits to society. These findings form the core of this book's blueprint for reform.By keeping more children with their families and investing additional funds in enhanced foster care services, child welfare agencies have the opportunity to greatly improve the health, well being, and economic prospects for foster care alumni. What Works in Foster Care? presents a model foster careprogram that promises to revolutionize the way policymakers, administrators, case workers, and researchers think about protecting our most vulnerable youth.
Peter J. Pecora is Professor of Social Work at the University of Washington, and Senior Director of Research Services at Casey Family Programs. Ronald C. Kessler is Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard University Medical School. Jason Williams is Research Analyst and Statistician at the University of Alaska. Diana J. English is S...
Title:What Works in Foster Care?: Key Components of Success From the Northwest Foster Care Alumni StudyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 6.18 × 9.41 × 1.3 inPublished:September 16, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction1. Study Background, Rationale, and Participating Agencies2. Theoretical and Conceptual FrameworksPart II: Study Methods3. Study Sample and Alumni Demographics4. MethodsPart III: Risk Factors5. Risk FactorsPart IV: Outcome Findings6. Mental and Physical Health7. Education8. Employment and Finances9. Relationships and Social Supports10. Relation between Agency Membership and Outcomes11. Relation between Foster Care Experience and Outcomes12. Effects of Optimizing the Foster Care Experience on Outcomes13. Summary and RecommendationsPart V: Appendices and ReferencesAppendix A. Staff Members and AdvisorsAppendix B. How Child Maltreatment was Measured and AggregatedAppendix C: Placement History and Foster Care Experience Descriptive StatisticsReferences