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What Works in Foster Care? – Key Components of Success From the Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study - Oxford Scholarship Online
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What Works in Foster Care?: Key Components of Success From the Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study

Peter J. Pecora, Ronald C. Kessler, Jason Williams, A. Chris Downs, Diana J. English, James White, and Kirk O'Brien


This book reports the findings from the Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study, which examined outcomes for adults who were placed in family foster care as children. The primary research questions were as follows: (1) How are maltreated youth who were placed in foster care faring as adults? To what extent are they different in their functioning from other adults? (2) Are there key factors or program components that are linked with better functioning in adulthood? The book also contains the agency comparisons and the predictive equations that link certain demographic foster care experiences and int ... More

Keywords: child welfare, foster care, foster care alumni, Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study, mental health, foster care practice, foster care outcomes, education in foster care, employment in foster care, family foster care

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195175912
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175912.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter J. Pecora, author
University of Washington

Ronald C. Kessler, author
Harvard Medical School

Jason Williams, author
University of Alaska