, Volume 35, Issue 5, pp 421-430

Essential Case Management Services for Young Children in Foster Care

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Abstract

A growing number of children in the UnitedStates are being placed into foster care. Past studiesindicate that effective case manager interventions havehelped foster families with a variety of different problems. This study enrolled a randomlyselected sample of 130 children under age four who hadbeen newly placed into foster care. The purpose of thisstudy was to identify the services needed by foster care families and determine which servicesrequire the most case manager effort. Consistent withother research, many foster care children in this studyexhibited developmental, medical and psychosocial concerns. Nevertheless, we found that it wasservices aimed at the foster care parents, rather thanthe foster care children, that required the mostlabor-intensive case management services.