Thursday, March 6, 2008

Foster care works -- group homes don't

University of Illinois researchers have good data showing that
Kids (mostly adolescents) who enter group home placements are about two-and-a-half times more likely to enter the juvenile-justice system relative to similar kids, with similar backgrounds, who are served in foster-home settings.
Details here.

2 comments:

SaroidH said...

It would be interesting to compare foster homes that take in one child or children from one family, to foster homes that take in multiple children from different homes at the same time or overlapping. The latter would seem to be closer to a group home.
A foster home with one foster child might have a much greater potential for bonding between members of the household, which in turn might result in less likelihood of contact with the juvenile justice system (aka getting in trouble).

toria said...

I grow up in fostercare I lived in over 30 different fosterhomes and group homes, By far a group home is way better