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Child Welfare. 2008;87(5):107-24.

Placement history of foster children: a study of placement history and outcomes in long-term family foster care.

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  • 1University of Groningen, Department of Special Needs Education and Child Care, Groningen, The Netherlands.


The files of 419 children in family foster care and kinship foster care were used in a retrospective longitudinal design study that examined their placement histories in child welfare. Significant associations were found between the number of placements on one hand, and the prevalence of attachment disorders, severity of behavioral problems, and breakdowns of new foster care placements on the other hand. It appears that a breakdown can be predicted to a certain extent, the implications of which are discussed.

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