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Title:Permanency Outcomes of Children in Kinship and Non -Kinship Foster Care: Minimizing the Effects of Selection Bias With Propensity Score Matching
Author(s):Koh, Eun
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Testa, Mark F.
Department / Program:Social Work
Discipline:Social Work
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Social Work
Abstract:Analyses of proportions and survival times were conducted to investigate the permanency outcomes of children in relative and non-relative foster homes using unmatched and matched AFCARS samples. The permanency outcomes include reunification, adoption, and legal guardianship, length of stay, placement stability, and foster care re-entry. The findings of the study imply that states' policy and practice regimes moderate the effects of placement type on children's permanency outcomes. The study illustrates that the effects of kinship placements on children's permanency outcomes vary across the states, especially in the areas of reunification, adoption, length of stay and foster care re-entry. The results disconfirm previous findings that children in relative foster homes have a uniformly lower likelihood of reunification, adoption, and discharge. However, the study confirms the advantages of kinship placements in the areas of placement stability and legal guardianship. The study reports uniform findings across the states in these two outcome areas, which are consistent with the findings of prior research that shows higher rates of guardianship and stability among kin placements. In the study, children in relative foster homes are more likely to experience placement stability and be discharged into legal guardianship than children in non-relative foster homes in all the states studied.
Issue Date:2007
Description:166 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3301170
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2007

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