The aims of the present study were to examine the effects of a therapeutic intervention for foster preschoolers with histories of placement instability on permanency outcomes and to determine whether the intervention's effectiveness on these outcomes varied based on prior maltreatment experiences. Permanency outcomes for 52 children who had experienced 4 or more placements prior to study entry (n = 29 intervention condition; n = 23 regular foster care condition) were examined through 24 months post-study entry. The results indicated no group differences in permanency attempt rates but more than double the rate of successful permanency attempts for the intervention condition. The findings indicated that systematic interventions have the potential to impact permanency outcomes among children with prior instability.
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Support for this research was provided by the following grants: MH059780, NIMH, U.S. PHS; HD045894, NICHD, U.S. PHS; and DA021424 and DA017592, NIDA, U.S. PHS. The authors thank Matthew Rabel for editorial assistance and Kristen Greenley and the staff and families of the Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care for Preschoolers project for their ongoing dedication and participation.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Sociology and Political Science