The United States General Accounting Office (United States General Accounting Office [USGAO], 1989) report on out-of-home care affirmed that the foster care system is in crisis.
To shed light on some factors that influence retention, the study reported here asked « What factors influence the satisfaction of foster parents ? » and « What factors influence the intent of licensed foster parents to continue to foster ? » Method : A sample of 539 foster parents in eight urban counties in a large Midwestern state completed questionnaires aimed at addressing these questions.
Some of the factors exerting the strongest influence on satisfaction were :
feeling competent to handle the children who were placed ;
wanting to take in children who needed loving parents : no regrets about investment in foster children : foster mother's age ;
and agency social worker providing information and showing approval for a job well done.
An example of factors exerting influence on intent to continue to foster include overall satisfaction, readiness to phone the social worker. number of foster boys in the home, being treated like one needed help oneself, and agency affiliation (private).
Efforts to increase the supply of foster homes through recruitment is not enough, The support, training, and professional regard given to parents after they have begun the fostering task is of greater need. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Parent nourricier, Placement familial, Satisfaction, Attitude, Organisation santé, Santé mentale, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Foster parent, Foster care placement, Satisfaction, Attitude, Public health organization, Mental health, United States, North America, America, Human
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0174323
Code Inist : 002B18H05B. Création : 16/11/1999.