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What Works in Foster Care?Key Components of Success From the Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study$
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Peter J. Pecora, Ronald C. Kessler, Jason Williams, A. Chris Downs, Diana J. English, James White, and Kirk O'Brien

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195175912

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175912.001.0001

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Effects of Optimizing the Foster Care Experience on Outcomes

Effects of Optimizing the Foster Care Experience on Outcomes

(p.191) 12 Effects of Optimizing the Foster Care Experience on Outcomes
What Works in Foster Care?

Peter J. Pecora

Ronald C. Kessler

Jason Williams

A. Chris Downs

Diana J. English

James White

Kirk O'Brien

Oxford University Press

Child welfare administrators and practitioners want to know which aspects of service delivery to target to improve long-term success for youth in care. One way to address this issue is to ask “What outcomes would be achieved had alumni received an ideal (optimal) level of care?” To examine this question, statistical simulations were conducted to estimate the degree to which optimizing foster care experiences would affect alumni outcomes. Optimization analyses were designed to estimate decreases in undesirable outcomes not increases in desirable outcomes. Each of the seven foster care experience areas was optimized: (1) Placement History, (2) Educational Services and Experience, (3) Therapeutic Service and Supports, (4) Activities with Foster Family, (5) Preparation for Leaving Care, (6) Leaving Care Resources, and (7) Foster Family and Other Nurturing Support While in Care

Keywords:   long-term success, outcomes, ideal level of care, ideal, optimal level of care, placement history, educational services and experience, therapeutic services, activities with foster family, preparation for leaving care, leaving care resources, foster family nurturing support

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