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25 J. Soc. & Soc. Welfare 5 (1998)
Why Foster Parents Continue and Cease to Foster

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Continue and Cease to Foster
The Ohio State University
College of Social Work
This study addressed the following question: What factors thought likely
to influence the license status of foster family homes predict to continuing
and what predict to ceasing to foster? This study was conducted in eight
urban counties in a large Midwestern state. Using logistic regression, a 13
variable model was developed. The factors with odds ratios that predicted
greater likelihood of closed license status were: when the foster mother
is white, respondent wanting to adopt but being unable to do so, concern
about agency red tape, disagreement with the statement that social workers
reached out to foster parentsand respondents not having foster care as an
income source. Factors with odds ratios that predicted greater likelihood of
active license status were: named in an abuse and neglect allegation, seeing
children sent back to a bad situation, not enough money/small clothing
allowance, a significant personal loss of a family member, being unclear
clear about what agency social workers expected and having too little time
to get other things done.
State departments of social services carry out a range of fed-
eral child welfare policies, including P.L. 96-272. However, licens-
ing of foster homes and residential facilities remains exclusively
a state administrative and fiscal responsibility. State departments
typically administer or supervise the operation of county public
children's service agencies, private child placing agencies and
private non custodial agencies which recommend family foster
homes for licensure.
Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, March, 1998, Volume XXV, Number 1

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