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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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Study Background, Rationale, and Participating Agencies

Study Background, Rationale, and Participating Agencies

(p.3) 1 Study Background, Rationale, and Participating Agencies
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

This chapter begins by presenting data on the number of youth in care in the United States and how long they receive services. Next come a description of family foster care and a summary of the expectations of care. Then findings from foster care studies, research limitations, and the financial costs of providing care are presented. Conclusions about foster care are then drawn, followed by the rationale of the Northwest Alumni Study. The chapter concludes with a brief description of each chapter of this book. Quotes from alumni are included in this chapter and throughout the other book chapters to provide a first-person context; these were taken from interviewers' notes.

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

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