Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 538–554 | Cite as

Foster Parents’ Perceptions of Factors Needed for Successful Foster Placements

  • Jason D. BrownEmail author
Original Paper


The purpose of the study was to describe the needs of foster parents for placement success. Sixty-three foster parents from a central Canadian province were asked the following question: “What do you need for a successful foster placement”? Foster parents grouped together all responses, which were analyzed using multidimensional scaling and cluster analysis procedures. Foster parents indicated that they needed the right personality and skills, information about the foster child, a good relationship with the fostering agency, individualized services, community support, linkages to other foster families, supportive immediate and extended families, as well as self-care skills. There were some differences between the existing literature and the needs identified by study participants. Differences included the need for information about policies and procedures, their treatment by professionals, and the need for formal foster parent organizations.


Foster parents Concept mapping Success Placement outcome Canada 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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