100760: The Meaning of Quality in Kinship Foster Care

Caregiver, Child, and Worker Perspectives

About the Course:

Though principles, guidelines, and procedures for assessing the quality of foster care in kinship settings have been introduced, research on the factors that mediate the quality and outcome of kinship care has been minimal, To provide insight into these factors from the perspectives of kinship stakeholders, this article presents findings from a qualitative study conducted with kinship caregivers, children living with relatives, and caseworkers of children in kinship plalcements. Their views on quality care in kinship homes, including factors to consider in the selection and evaluation of kinship placements, and opinions of how kinship and nonkinship foster care differ, make unique contributions to the development of standards and measures for kinship foster care assessment. Findings confirm the salience of specific factors present in existing guidelines, build on existing recommendations for the selection and evaluation of kinship homes, and highlight important policy and practice issues for consideration with kinship families. COURSE SYLLABUS I. Introduction II. Methodology III. Findings IV. Kinship Care Outcomes V. Intervening Factors in the Quality of Care VI. Discussion VII. Recommendations for Policy, Practice, and Future Research

Publication Date:

2002/ Vol. 83, No. 5/6


Robert Chipman; Susan J. Wells; Michelle A. Johnson

About the Authors:

Chambers Associates

Professor in Child Welfare and Social Policy School of Social Work University of Minnesota

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about kinship foster care. It is appropriate for participants with all levels of knowledge about the topic.

Course Objectives:

  1. identify factors that caseworkers, kinship caregivers, and children believe mediate the quality and outcome of kinship care.

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