Title

Kinship Foster Care Among African American Youth: Interaction Effects at Multiple Contextual Levels

Author

Anne K. Rufa

Additional Authors

Fowler, Patrick J.

Publication Date

1-13-2016

Summary

Current policy in the child welfare system encourages children to be placed with kin when removed from abusive and neglectful homes. The intuitive policy assumes connection with families provides more stability for children compared to placement into other foster care arrangements, and in particular, African American children are disproportionately placed with kin. Yet, little research examines characteristics of kin placements that promote child well-being. Using national data on African American children and adolescents placed into foster care, this study finds placement with older kin in poor health relates with more behavior problems over time, while mental health problems continue regardless of placement status. Findings emphasize the importance for child welfare to assess the suitability of out-of-home placement options and make placement decisions that promote child well-being.

Document Type

Article

Category

Child and Youth Development

Subarea

Child Well-Being

Original Citation

Rufa, A. K., & Fowler, P. J. (2016). Kinship foster care among African American youth: Interaction effects at multiple contextual levels. Journal of Social Service Research, 42(1), 26–40. doi:10.1080/01488376.2015.1077187

Project

Child Well-Being

Keywords

kinship care, internalizing behavior, externalizing behavior, child-welfare system, youth, well-being, African American, children, child outcomes, family

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