Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Resource Family Approval in three California counties: A qualitative case study
by Salzgeber, Penelope L., M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 77; 10105268
Abstract (Summary)

The Resource Family Approval (RFA) program replaces the current pathways for approving, certifying, or licensing relatives and foster families in California and creates a single process for assessing and approving caregivers for children, youth, and non-minor dependents under the supervision of child welfare or probation systems. Five counties comprise the first cohort of RFA early implementers, three of which participated in this research: San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Clara. The purpose of the study was to examine the RFA program through qualitative interviews with county representatives to identify themes and lay a foundation for future research. All three participants reported fewer complaints against resource families and improved placement stability, preliminary indicators that RFA is achieving improvements in child safety, permanence, and well-being. This research provides qualitative support for the RFA program’s impact on child welfare outcomes as well as guidance to counties planning for statewide implementation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Potts, Marilyn
Commitee: Lam, Brian, Wilson, Steve
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Keywords: Adoption, Child welfare, Foster care, Resource families, Resource family approval
Publication Number: 10105268
ISBN: 978-1-339-68754-4
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