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Take Me HomeProtecting America's Vulnerable Children and Families$
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Jill Duerr Berrick

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195322620

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195322620.001.0001

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Quality Foster Care: My Home for Now

Quality Foster Care: My Home for Now

(p.83) Chapter 6 Quality Foster Care: My Home for Now
Take Me Home

Jill Duerr Berrick

Oxford University Press

On any given day, there are over half-a-million children in out-of-home care in the United States; the majority of these children reside in family foster care. Yet foster care is plagued by significant problems. There are too few foster parents available to care for the thousands of children needing care, support for caregivers is woefully inadequate, subsidies to caregivers are insufficient, and monitoring of caregivers’ quality of care is minimal. To make matters worse, although foster care serves as the backbone of the child welfare system, it is nonetheless given scant attention by public policy makers, administrators, and child welfare reformers. This chapter calls attention to caregiving as the centerpiece of the child welfare system with special attention to foster care subsidies, supports, services, and standards.

Keywords:   quality caregiving, standards, characteristics, support, subsidies, training, monitoring, recruitment, retention, accountability

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