Performance Improvement 2001. Evaluating the Quality of Kinship Foster Care: Final Report


The Children and Family Research Center of the School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign conducted this project to create and test instruments to measure the quality of kinship foster homes. The instruments were designed for use by foster care providers to evaluate the quality of homes under their supervision. This study was conducted with the aid and support of the Survey Research Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago; the Research Triangle Institute; the American Bar Association's Center on Children and the Law and the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA). The study has three phases: (1) item identification and instrument development; (2) field testing of the instruments with African-American, white, and Latino/a respondents; and (3) finalization of a set of recommended instruments for preliminary use in the field. The project team identified, operationalized, and tested core items to assess quality of care across various sites, situations, and cultures. To the extent possible in the course of the study, these items are designed to be sensitive to differences among children (e.g., age groups, handicaps, placement histories) and families (e.g., socioeconomic status, ethnicity). The investigators developed a kinship foster care provider interview, child interview, worker self- administered instrument, and a case record review. These instruments measure quality of care in the kinship home, contextual factors impacting kinship family functioning, and selected indicators of child functioning. This work will provide a foundation for future research on the quality of kinship family care.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Administration on Children, Youth and Families

FEDERAL CONTACT: Geneva Wave-Rice, 202-205-8654

PIC ID: 6852

PERFORMER: University of Illinois, Champaign, IL