Assessing children’s experiences of out-of-home care: Methodological challenges and opportunities.
Berrick, J. D., Frasch, K., & Fox, A. (2000). Assessing children’s experiences of out-of-home care: Methodological challenges and opportunities. Social Work Research, 24(2). pp. 119-127.
Abstract: The U.S. foster care system has undergone profound changes during the past decade. Caseload growth, increases in the number of very young children entering care, and especially problematic behaviors among some children characterize the shifting foster care population (Barth, Courtney, Berricj & Albert, 1994; U.S. House of Representatives, 1998; Wulczyn, Harden & Goerge, 1998). Changes among out-of-home-care clients have been accompanied by a rapid transformation in the services delivery system designed for children…When systems of care undergo fundamental changes such as these, it is important to understand outcomes for the clients the systems are designed to serve. Although child welfare researchers are making significant contributions toward developing an understanding of foster care outcomes, the primary clients of this system – children – have been given few opportunities to contribute to the literature. (© Oxford University Press. Reproduced with kind permission from Jill Duerr Berrick and Oxford University Press.)