Characteristics of adult caretakers of children and youth served by an urban child welfare agency

Michael H. Epstein, Kevin P. Quinn, Karl Dennis, Kathy Dennis, Ron Hardy, Janet McKelvey, Carla Cumblad

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Abstract

The child welfare system of the early 1990s was marked by the proliferation of home-based services. Research on the effectiveness of various home-based interventions indicates results have been equivocal. The need to make explicit the specific characteristics of the adults and children targeted for home-based services, particularly families from diverse cultural backgrounds, has been identified as a critically needed contribution to the literature. In this study, the characteristics and service utilization experiences of adults and families served in an urban, home-based, child welfare program was examined. The results are discussed in relation to findings on the characteristics and experiences of adults and families served in other settings. Implications for future research and service delivery are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-316
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1998

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Keywords

  • Characteristics of adult caretakers
  • Child welfare system
  • Home-based services
  • Service utilization experiences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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Epstein, M. H., Quinn, K. P., Dennis, K., Dennis, K., Hardy, R., McKelvey, J., & Cumblad, C. (1998). Characteristics of adult caretakers of children and youth served by an urban child welfare agency. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 7(3), 297-316. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1022941527958