P.A. Fisher, B. Burraston and K. Pears
Child Maltreatment, vol.10, 2005, p.61-71
Describes results of a randomised trial to evaluate the Oregon Early Intervention Foster Care Program (EIFC). The Program offers foster carers extensive training and support, children individual therapy, and birth parents or other permanent placement resources parenting training. Children in the EIFC had significantly fewer permanent placements than children in the regular foster care comparison condition. The number of prior placements was positively associated with risk of permanent placement failure for children in the comparison group but not for children in the EIFC.
K. Lemon, A.M. Hines and J. Merdinger
Children and Youth Services Review, vol.27, 2005, p.251-270
Using data from the Pathways to College Study, article presents two analyses exploring the potentially beneficial role of independent living programmes (ILPs) for young people in foster care. ILP services focus on teaching concrete skills associated with self-sufficiency such as budgeting. ILP participants are most likely to form close supportive relationships with their case workers and to maintain contact with them after leaving the programme. Recent legislation has increased funding and flexibility in ILP services.
Journal of Social Policy, vol.34, 2005, p.121-142
Article presents a comparative "child-focused" analysis of child support policies in the UK and Australia. It assesses how children have fared in each country in relation to three key criteria:
Concludes that child support policies in both countries have failed in several critical areas to put children's interests first.