Decision-making, Predictors of placement outcomes

John Fluke, Researcher, University of Colorado, United States  Dana M. Hollinshead, Researcher, Kempe Center, University of Colorado  Whether the focus is on assessments of clients, foster care entry, or planned permanent exits from care, child welfare decision makers influence these key outcomes. To effectively implement and evaluate interventions aimed at affecting these outcomes, we must understand how […]

Perspectives on assessing foster carers: A cross-country comparison of the factors that are associated with successful placements

Pinto Vânia S.,  PhD student,  InED, REES Centre, Department of Education,University of Oxford, United Kingdom As part of the alternative placement process, foster carers play an important role by contributing to the integration of looked after children into a family environment, and promoting their wellbeing and development. The main aim of this research project is to understand […]

The contribution of matching to the success of a foster care placement

López López Monica, Researcher, University of Groningen, The Netherlands  Kirti Zeijlmans, Researcher, University of Groningen, The Netherlands  Hans Grietens, Researcher, University of Groningen, The Netherlands   Erik Knorth, Researcher, University of Groningen, The Netherlands  Despite the potential influence of matching decisions on the course of a placement, matching remains an understudied topic in child welfare research. The matching is a complex decision-making process in which a […]

Disrupting narratives of failure: How foster carers can help cultivate long term narratives of potential for young people in foster care

Robbie Gilligan, Researcher, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland  The presentation proposes that the themes of disruption and continuity can usefully be seen as being  about more than  the characteristics of the placement(s) provided for the young person in foster care.  It will be argued that disruption and continuity in influential experiences within placements are also important. These experiences can help […]

Facilitating and hostile foster families: early detection as means to promote continuity

Teresa Díaz-Tártalo, Researcher, Universidad CEU San Pablo,  Spain  Nuria Fuentes-Peláez, Researcher, Universidad de Barcelona, Spain  Anna  Garriga-Alsina, Researcher, Universidad Pompeu-Fabra, Spain      The object of this study is to help all those involved in the process (foster families, children, biological families and professionals) by facilitating the detection of maladjustment which could cause future disruptions in these foster placements. The study provides models of investigation which allow […]

The process of placement change

Lisa Holmes, Researcher, Loughborough University, United Kingdom  Claire Baker, Researcher, Loughborough University, United Kingdom  Helen Trivedi, Researcher, Loughborough University, United Kingdom     This presentation will draw on a series of recently completed empirical studies focused on children in out of home care in the UK. A specific focus will be placed on the findings about children’s experience of foster care, their relationships within the fostering household and the […]

Conceptualizing secure care for child protection motives: Can placement disruptions in foster care offer stability?

Mathilde Turcotte, Researcher, Institut universitaire du Centre jeunesse de Québec, Canada  François  Fenchel, Researcher, Université Laval, Canada  Nadine  Lanctôt, Researcher, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada  Denis  Lafortune, Researcher Université de Montréal, Canada  In Canada, seven provinces have provisions under which an adolescent can be placed in so-called “secure care” or “secure treatment” under the Child Protection Act, if he or she caused or attempted to cause serious bodily harm […]

Placement instability and its psychological shifts: the centrality of adolescent girls’ sense of agency

Sophie Hébert, Researcher, Centre jeunesse de Montréal, CANADA Nadine Lanctôt, Researcher, Université de Sherbrooke, CANADA  Mathilde Turcotte, Researcher, Université Laval, CANADA A considerable proportion of all children placed outside the home experience unstable placement patterns. From the perspective of child well-being, it is important to understand the psychological shifts experienced by foster children who are following an unstable placement pattern (Unrau et al., 2010; Tremblay […]

Interprofessional collaboration in Finnish residential child care; challenges for RCC workers and mental care practitioners working together

Eeva Timonen-Kallio, Researcher, University of Eastern Finland, Finland  Juha Hämäläinen, Researcher, University of Eastern Finland, Finland  Eila Laukkanen, Researcher, University of Eastern Finland and  Chief Department of Adolescent Psychiatry University Hospital of Kuopio Finland       Many children taken into care tend to be in need of psychiatric treatment as well as child protection services, and thus the professional expertise of both systems must be coordinated in their care. […]