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Effects of Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care for Preschoolers (MTFC-P) on reducing permanent placement failures among children with placement instability

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  • Fisher, Philip A.
  • Kim, Hyoun K.
  • Pears, Katherine C.

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The aims of the present study were to examine the effects of a therapeutic intervention for foster preschoolers with histories of placement instability on permanency outcomes and to determine whether the intervention's effectiveness on these outcomes varied based on prior maltreatment experiences. Permanency outcomes for 52 children who had experienced 4 or more placements prior to study entry (n=29 intervention condition; n=23 regular foster care condition) were examined through 24months post-study entry. The results indicated no group differences in permanency attempt rates but more than double the rate of successful permanency attempts for the intervention condition. The findings indicated that systematic interventions have the potential to impact permanency outcomes among children with prior instability.

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  • Fisher, Philip A. & Kim, Hyoun K. & Pears, Katherine C., 2009. "Effects of Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care for Preschoolers (MTFC-P) on reducing permanent placement failures among children with placement instability," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 31(5), pages 541-546, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:31:y:2009:i:5:p:541-546
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    1. Miller, Keith A. & Fisher, Philip A. & Fetrow, Becky & Jordan, Kathy, 2006. "Trouble on the journey home: Reunification failures in foster care," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 28(3), pages 260-274, March.
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    1. Lynch, Frances L. & Dickerson, John F. & Saldana, Lisa & Fisher, Phillip A., 2014. "Incremental net benefit of early intervention for preschool-aged children with emotional and behavioral problems in foster care," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 36(C), pages 213-219.
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    3. Spieker, Susan J. & Oxford, Monica L. & Fleming, Charles B., 2014. "Permanency outcomes for toddlers in child welfare two years after a randomized trial of a parenting intervention," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 44(C), pages 201-206.
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    6. Anderson, Maurice & Linares, L. Oriana, 2012. "The role of cultural dissimilarity factors on child adjustment following foster placement," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(4), pages 597-601.
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