DEFINITION: "Temporary replacement of a child's home environment when a family is unable or unwilling to care for the child." (Encyclopedia of Social Issues)
NARROW THE TOPIC:
ONLINE CATALOG SUBJECT HEADINGS: Foster Children; Foster Home Care; Foster Parents; Children--Institutional Care
SELECTED PRINT RESOURCES (REF INDICATES NON-CIRCULATING REFERENCE):
Child Welfare Information Gateway Foster Care Statistics [http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/foster.cfm] - US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Adoption and Foster Care Statistics [www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/stats_research] - US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
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Points of view
GOOGLE SCHOLAR: Foster Care (restricted to 2000 to 2010)
Abuse, Neglect, Adoption & Foster Care Research - The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) within ACF conducts and oversees research focused on child abuse, neglect, adoption, and foster care to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of programs and improve the well-being of children and families. OPRE projects include the Chafee Independent Living Evaluation Project, National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect, National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, and A Consortium of Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect.
National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN) - The mission of NDACAN is to facilitate the secondary analysis of research data relevant to the study of child abuse and neglect. By making data available to a larger number of researchers, NDACAN seeks to provide a relatively inexpensive and scientifically productive means for researchers to explore important issues in the child maltreatment field.
CITING YOUR SOURCES:
Avoiding Plagiarism (The Online Writing Lab OWL at Perdue University) [http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/1/]
The key to avoiding plagiarism is to make sure you give credit where it is due. This may be credit for something somebody said, wrote, emailed, drew, or implied. (OWL)
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