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Message ID: 8440
Date: 2010-03-22

Author:D F MCMAHON

Subject:RE: posting request

I on't know where the 45%-60% figure comes from. CLWA website indicates about 25% of foster children nationally are in relative caregiver homes. This would not count those whose relatives have been made permanent guardians or who have adopted their kin. And the number of children does not tell you how many homes the children are in (sibling groups, cousins. . . ) CWLA does have one interactive website where you can collect placement type info up to 2006. That will give you a start. The current census will let you know how many families have foster children. You can also check with Kids Count programs that collect data from a variety of sources, and Children's Bureau Child Welfare Gateway site may give you some ideas (you may have to indirectly estimate the numbers you want from various other sources). Sheri McMahon Fargo, ND > From: tej003@SHSU.EDU > To: child-maltreatment-research-l@cornell.edu > Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 16:39:05 -0500 > Subject: posting request > > To whom it may concern: > > My name is Terri Jaggers. I am a product of the foster care system and am working on the completion of my Master's Degree thesis on "The Effects of Storytelling Within American Foster Families." My Major Professor and committee members have requested specific information be included as to the number of foster parent/families in America. I have searched among our University's research library for scholarly articles, empirical studies, the PEW Commission Reports, Child Welfare Information Gateway, the Urban Institute, AFCARS, Child Welfare League of America, the National Foster Parent's Association, National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections - Hunter College School of Social Work, as well as made personal appeals for assistance among my limited fostering connections here in Texas. > > The problem is there seems to be no compilation of data anywhere as to how many foster homes there are that care for our foster children in America. Some states (http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/socwork/nrcfcpp/info_services/fact-sheets.html) don't report anything as to the number of foster homes they have in which their state's children are in, while others report their licensed foster home numbers without including Kinship (Out-of-Home Non-related). In addition, reports from state to state vary from 2003-2008. > > The only thing I can find, is the 2000 census reports that 184,166 households reported one or more unrelated foster child, under the age of 18, residing in their home. Unfortunately, this number does not take into consideration State Kinship (not voluntary) homes. Therefore, the 2000 census number is woefully inaccurate since the most recent information I can find determines depending on the state, 45-60% of foster children are currently being placed in these Kinship (out-of-home relative) homes. > > Please ... there has to be someone somewhere who has either done a study that would include this information, or knows where this information has been archived or recorded. > > If anyone can refer me to anyone, anywhere ... I'll do whatever I have to ... call anyone I can ... but please help me. > > Terri Jaggers > Graduate Student in Communication Studies > Sam Houston State University >

I on't know where the 45%-60% figure comes from. CLWA website indicates about 25% of foster children nationally are in relative caregiver homes. This would not count those whose relatives have been made permanent guardians or who have adopted their kin. And the number of children does not tell you how many homes the children are in (sibling groups, cousins. . . ) CWLA does have one interactive website where you can collect placement type info up to 2006. That will give you a start. The current census will let you know how many families have foster children. You can also check with Kids Count programs that collect data from a variety of sources, and Children's Bureau Child Welfare Gateway site may give you some ideas (you may have to indirectly estimate the numbers you want from various other sources). Sheri McMahon Fargo, ND > From: tej003SHSU.EDU > To: child-maltreatment-research-lcornell.edu > Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 16:39:05 -0500 > Subject: posting request > > To whom it may concern: > > My name is Terri Jaggers. I am a product of the foster care system and am working on the completion of my Master's Degree thesis on "The Effects of Storytelling Within American Foster Families." My Major Professor and committee members have requested specific information be included as to the number of foster parent/families in America. I have searched among our University's research library for scholarly articles, empirical studies, the PEW Commission Reports, Child Welfare Information Gateway, the Urban Institute, AFCARS, Child Welfare League of America, the National Foster Parent's Association, National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections - Hunter College School of Social Work, as well as made personal appeals for assistance among my limited fostering connections here in Texas. > > The problem is there seems to be no compilation of data anywhere as to how many foster homes there are that care for our foster children in America. Some states (http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/socwork/nrcfcpp/info_services/fact-sheets.html) don't report anything as to the number of foster homes they have in which their state's children are in, while others report their licensed foster home numbers without including Kinship (Out-of-Home Non-related). In addition, reports from state to state vary from 2003-2008. > > The only thing I can find, is the 2000 census reports that 184,166 households reported one or more unrelated foster child, under the age of 18, residing in their home. Unfortunately, this number does not take into consideration State Kinship (not voluntary) homes. Therefore, the 2000 census number is woefully inaccurate since the most recent information I can find determines depending on the state, 45-60% of foster children are currently being placed in these Kinship (out-of-home relative) homes. > > Please ... there has to be someone somewhere who has either done a study that would include this information, or knows where this information has been archived or recorded. > > If anyone can refer me to anyone, anywhere ... I'll do whatever I have to ... call anyone I can ... but please help me. > > Terri Jaggers > Graduate Student in Communication Studies > Sam Houston State University >