Parental visiting of children in foster care

  • Proch K
  • Howard J
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Abstract

Examined the case records of 256 children (aged birth to 12 yrs) in foster care to study agency practices related to parent-child visiting and the impact of these practices. Results indicate that there were visiting plans in 70% of the cases, with some involving a specific written plan. The plans included only the mothers in approximately one- half of the cases. There was no relationship between frequency of scheduled visits and the child's age. Visits were more likely to be scheduled more frequently and in the parental home when the case plan specified that the child was to eventually return home. Most parents complied with the visiting schedules and did not visit if there was no plan or if visits were not regularly scheduled. The agency staff seldom took any action to encourage visiting other than scheduling visits and transporting the child, but neither did they overtly discourage visiting in most cases. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)(unassigned)

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  • Kathleen Proch

  • Jeanne A. Howard

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