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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 Sample and Demographics of the Participating Agencies

Study Sample and Demographics of the Participating Agencies

(p.55) 3 Study Sample and Demographics of the 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 provides the background for two research questions concerning youth spending extended periods of time in care: (1) Are there key factors or program components linked to better functioning of youth from foster care as they reach adulthood? (2) Is one family foster care program approach more successful than another in helping youth achieve desired outcomes? Answers to these questions could be used by policymakers to promote changes in public and voluntary foster care programs. This chapter consists of two sections. The first section (Sample Characteristics and Matching Criteria) explains how the Northwest Alumni Study sample was formed, including eligibility, sample matching, data weighting, and power analyses. The second section (Alumni Demographics: Ethnicity, Gender, and Age at the Time of the Interview) provides demographic information on the Northwest alumni including ethnicity, gender, and age.

Keywords:   sample characteristics, matching criteria, program models, intervention components, foster care services, alumni demographics, age, ethnicity, gender

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