Foster Placements: Why They Succeed and Why They Fail

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Chapter Five

Outcomes

Introduction
The concerns of the young people focused on process rather than outcomes. They were clear about how they wanted to be treated; they said little–and we did not ask them–about the outcomes this might achieve. In our follow-up questionnaires, however, we asked the carers, social workers, and family placement social workers to rate the success of the placement. We also asked them to give the grounds for making the ratings and to say why they thought things had turned out this way. The next two chapters are based on what they said.In considering the outcomes, we will examine five main groups of case, distinguishing between those where the child:
returns home
is adopted
goes to independent living
moves within the care system and
remains in long-stay care.

In each of these categories we will try to identify, in very broad outline, some of the key determinants of placement success–a topic which we consider in more detail in the remainder of the report.


Method

Our method relies on our two 'open-ended' questions about the reasons for judging a placement as a success or otherwise, and about how success or the

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