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Reentry of elementary aged children following reunification from foster care

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  • Barth, Richard P.
  • Weigensberg, Elizabeth C.
  • Fisher, Philip A.
  • Fetrow, Becky
  • Green, Rebecca L.
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    A recognized goal of family reunification programs is preventing the reentry of children into foster care. Using data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, this study examined reentry for 273 children between the ages of 5 and 12 years. In multivariate models, reentry into foster care was associated with higher Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) scores and higher numbers of children in the household when the child is living at home. Although these are not the only risk factors that should be considered in deciding whether to reunify a child, these characteristics appear to be high valence problems for families and their children who are reunified. Future research on reentry and on placement disruptions from foster care should routinely include information about the number of children in the family and behavior problems when endeavoring to explain caseload dynamics.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Children and Youth Services Review.

    Volume (Year): 30 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 4 (April)
    Pages: 353-364

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:30:y:2008:i:4:p:353-364
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