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Child Welfare and Child Well-BeingNew Perspectives From the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being$
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Mary Bruce Webb, Kathryn Dowd, Brenda Jones Harden, John Landsverk, and Mark Testa

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195398465

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398465.001.0001

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Explaining Reunification and Reentry 3 Years After Placement in Out-of-Home Care

Explaining Reunification and Reentry 3 Years After Placement in Out-of-Home Care

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(p.208) 8 Explaining Reunification and Reentry 3 Years After Placement in Out-of-Home Care
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Child Welfare and Child Well-Being
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Richard P. Barth

Shenyang Guo

Elizabeth C. Weigensberg

Sharon L. Christ

Christina M. Bruhn

Rebecca L. Green

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398465.003.0008

This chapter examines the child and family characteristics that predict children's reunification with their families after out-of-home placement. For those children who are reunified, the characteristics that foreshadow likely re-entry to foster care are analyzed. Regression models of reunification show significant gender and ethnic main effects in only the group of children 11 years old or older, despite the extensive set of statistical controls for human capital, cultural capital, and social capital factors. The developmental period after age 10 is when children are transitioning beyond parental and school supervision, to acquire the bridging social capital necessary for independent economic and social mobility in a post-traditional society.

Keywords:   child welfare, foster care, family reunification

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