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Behavior problems, foster home integration, and evidence-based behavioral interventions: What predicts adoption of foster children?

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  • Leathers, Sonya J.
  • Spielfogel, Jill E.
  • Gleeson, James P.
  • Rolock, Nancy
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    Adoption is particularly important for foster children with special mental health needs who are unable to return home, as adoption increases parental support often critically needed by youth with mental health issues. Unfortunately, significant behavior problems frequently inhibit foster parents from adopting, and little is known about factors that predict adoption when a child has behavior problems. Previous research suggests that foster parent behavioral training could potentially increase rates of successful adoptions for pre-school-aged foster children with behavior problems (Fisher, Kim, & Pears, 2009), but this has not been previously tested in older samples. In older children, effective treatment of behavior problems might also increase adoption by reducing the interference of behavior problems and strengthening the child's foster home integration. This pilot study focused on this question by testing associations between behavior problems, foster home integration, an evidence-based foster parent intervention, and adoption likelihood.

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

    Volume (Year): 34 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 5 ()
    Pages: 891-899

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:34:y:2012:i:5:p:891-899
    DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.01.017
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