1. Trends in licensed homes were not examined for New Mexico due to limited years of data and incomplete data for 1998.
2. Adoptive placements are placements of children with parents who intend to adopt them. Adoption finalizations are the legal completion of adoption arrangements.
3. The categories used for licensing foster parents changed in 1990, making it difficult to compare data from 1983 1989 with more recent data.
4. Different occupancy strata were used for analysis in Oregon because its median occupancy rate was 1.0.
5. Multivariate analysis was not done with New Mexico data due to data limitations for that state.
This report is based on a task titled Dynamics of Foster Parenting, which was conducted by RTI International, under contract number HHS-100-99-0006, delivery order 5, for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The opinions expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent positions of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Essential to the production of this report was the cooperation of the state child welfare agencies in New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Oregon. Staff from these agencies provided extensive expert advice on the correct use of their state's data.
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Gibbs, D. Understanding Foster Parenting: Using Administrative Data to Explore Retention (Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, 2005).
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