Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Anthony Bibus III, Ph.D.
Curt Paulsen, Ph.D.
Patricia Harmon, M.S.W., L.I.S.W.
Prior studies have found a positive relationship between contact of birth family and foster children and reunification, as well as with children's well-being, adjustment, and development during and after foster care. Law requires and research validates social work practice which places children in the least restrictive, most normative living situation possible to meet their needs. Examining records of 188 youth discharged from treatment foster care from Human Service Associates from January 1, 1995 to December 31, 1996, this investigation discovered that birth parent participation in placement planning meetings and quarterly reviews, one indicator of birth family involvement, was related to discharge of those youth to less restrictive settings. Given practical, systemic, and interpersonal barriers to birth family involvement, the study concludes with guidelines for encouraging parental partnerships in planning for youth in treatment foster care.
Hulteen, Karen A., "Birth Parent Participation in Foster Care Placement Planning: Relationship to Discharge Outcomes" (1998). Theses and Graduate Projects. 137.