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Message ID: 8726
Date: 2010-12-08

Author:D F MCMAHON

Subject:RE: impact of poor quality foster care

I remember reading about the methodology of the study. Just wondering, the term "marginal"--which is methodological in this case--easily conveys the impression of, say, minimal impact. Does anyone have a sense of how wide a band this population appeared to be as a percentage of child welfare population? Sheri McMahon ND > From: jpryan@illinois.edu > To: child-maltreatment-research-l@list.cornell.edu; Child-Maltreatment-Research-L@cornell.edu > Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2010 13:42:51 -0600 > Subject: RE: impact of poor quality foster care > > Wendy, > > Just to clarify, it is not entirely accurate to state that Doyle compared foster care alumni to the outcomes of children who received in home services - although this is generally how these findings have been interpreted. It is important to note that Doyle compared cases "on the margin" and his measure of foster care included a variety of substitute care placement settings (not simply a family based foster home). And yes, there was no measure of quality. > > Joe > > > > ________________________________________ > From: bounce-7506851-9340674@list.cornell.edu [bounce-7506851-9340674@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Ruth Anne White [rwhite@nchcw.org] > Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 2010 7:56 AM > To: Child Maltreatment Researchers; Child-Maltreatment-Research-L@cornell.edu > Subject: RE: impact of poor quality foster care > > Dear Wendy, > > You may wish to read the 2007 study, Child Protection and Child Outcomes: Measuring the Effects of Foster Care by Joseph J. Doyle, Jr. Dr. Doyle is a professor at MIT and accordingly, this study appears in the American Economic Review - a rather unusual source for foster care studies! I don't believe this study controlled for the quality of foster care. Rather, the author compares outcomes of foster care alumni to the outcomes of children from similar homes who received in-home services and thus were able to remain with their families. > > Best, > Ruthie > > Ruth White, MSSA > Executive Director > National Center for Housing & Child Welfare > 6711 Queens Chapel Rd > University Park, MD 20782 > phone 301-699-0151 toll free 866-790-6766 > fax 301-699-0152 > rwhite@nchcw.org > www.nchcw.org > > Strengthening America's families through affordable housing. > > -----Original Message----- > From: bounce-7504979-12859385@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-7504979-12859385@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of wendy.rha@utoronto.ca > Sent: Monday, December 06, 2010 6:21 PM > To: Child-Maltreatment-Research-L@cornell.edu > Subject: impact of poor quality foster care > > Hello everyone, > > I am wondering if there has been any previous or current research on > the impact of poor quality foster care on children/youth's wellbeing > (emotional, physical, mental, etc.). Can anyone suggest any literature > that addresses this in some way? > > Thanks, > > Wendy Rha, MSW RSW >

I remember reading about the methodology of the study. Just wondering, the term "marginal"--which is methodological in this case--easily conveys the impression of, say, minimal impact. Does anyone have a sense of how wide a band this population appeared to be as a percentage of child welfare population? Sheri McMahon ND > From: jpryanillinois.edu > To: child-maltreatment-research-llist.cornell.edu; Child-Maltreatment-Research-Lcornell.edu > Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2010 13:42:51 -0600 > Subject: RE: impact of poor quality foster care > > Wendy, > > Just to clarify, it is not entirely accurate to state that Doyle compared foster care alumni to the outcomes of children who received in home services - although this is generally how these findings have been interpreted. It is important to note that Doyle compared cases "on the margin" and his measure of foster care included a variety of substitute care placement settings (not simply a family based foster home). And yes, there was no measure of quality. > > Joe > > > > ________________________________________ > From: bounce-7506851-9340674list.cornell.edu [bounce-7506851-9340674list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Ruth Anne White [rwhitenchcw.org] > Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 2010 7:56 AM > To: Child Maltreatment Researchers; Child-Maltreatment-Research-Lcornell.edu > Subject: RE: impact of poor quality foster care > > Dear Wendy, > > You may wish to read the 2007 study, Child Protection and Child Outcomes: Measuring the Effects of Foster Care by Joseph J. Doyle, Jr. Dr. Doyle is a professor at MIT and accordingly, this study appears in the American Economic Review - a rather unusual source for foster care studies! I don't believe this study controlled for the quality of foster care. Rather, the author compares outcomes of foster care alumni to the outcomes of children from similar homes who received in-home services and thus were able to remain with their families. > > Best, > Ruthie > > Ruth White, MSSA > Executive Director > National Center for Housing & Child Welfare > 6711 Queens Chapel Rd > University Park, MD 20782 > phone 301-699-0151 toll free 866-790-6766 > fax 301-699-0152 > rwhitenchcw.org > www.nchcw.org > > Strengthening America's families through affordable housing. > > -----Original Message----- > From: bounce-7504979-12859385list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-7504979-12859385list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of wendy.rhautoronto.ca > Sent: Monday, December 06, 2010 6:21 PM > To: Child-Maltreatment-Research-Lcornell.edu > Subject: impact of poor quality foster care > > Hello everyone, > > I am wondering if there has been any previous or current research on > the impact of poor quality foster care on children/youth's wellbeing > (emotional, physical, mental, etc.). Can anyone suggest any literature > that addresses this in some way? > > Thanks, > > Wendy Rha, MSW RSW >