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Early foster care boosts quality of institutionalized children's ties to caregivers
A new study of young children in orphanages in Bucharest, Romania, has found that children placed in foster care before age 2 were more apt to develop secure attachments to their foster parents than those who entered foster care after age 2. In contrast, the study found that children cared for in institutions who weren't placed in foster care were more likely to have unusual and abnormal patterns of attachments to their caregivers. (2010-02-05)

Subsidies change incentives for adoption of foster children: Study
The structure of a federal program that provides monthly subsidies to promote the adoptions of special needs children in foster care may actually be delaying some adoptions, according to a new study by University of Notre Dame economist Kasey Buckles. (2012-09-07)

Vulnerable children fare well with relatives
Placing vulnerable children with relatives is a viable option, a new study by Cochrane Researchers suggests. In view of several recent high profile child abuse cases, the study may have important policy implications. (2009-01-20)

Dental school, foster care agency partnership improves child health, aids student training
A partnership between a New York City dental school and a local foster care agency has provided consistent dental care to more than 650 children, and may serve as a model for other dental school program curriculums. (2012-10-21)

Head Start may protect against foster care placement
Participating in Head Start may help prevent young children from being placed in foster care, finds a national study led by a Michigan State University researcher. (2017-10-09)

UB research highlights strategies that can help foster children transition into new homes
Language is a powerful tool that can ease the transition into a new home for foster children and enhances the possibility that it will be a successful placement, according to new research from the University at Buffalo. (2016-05-18)

Adolescents in foster care require guidelines for safe social media use, MU expert says
About 73 percent of online American teens use social networking sites, such as Facebook, to share photos, interests and experiences with others, according to Pew Research Center. For youths in the foster care system, sharing information online presents additional safety and privacy issues. A University of Missouri researcher recommends that child welfare agencies develop policies to guide how adolescents in foster care use social media. (2012-09-05)

Study looks at how mental health care affects outcomes for foster children
Of the approximately half-million children and adolescents in foster care in the US, experts estimate that 42 to 60 percent of them have emotional and behavioral problems. Despite the prevalence of mental health problems among foster children, little is known about how pre-existing mental health conditions affect their outcomes in foster care. (2009-01-13)

Early experience found critical for language development
Researchers studying more than 100 children who were part of the Bucharest Early Intervention Project, a longitudinal study of institutional and foster care in Romania, have found that children who were placed in foster care before they turned 2 had substantially greater language skills at age 3-1/2 than children who stayed in institutional care, with those placed by 15 months showing language skills similar to the comparison group. Findings highlight the importance of early intervention. (2011-06-17)

Study: Spend more on housing, teens in foster care are less likely to be homeless, jailed
New research: Spend more on transitional housing and teens in foster care are less likely to be homeless, jailed. (2019-09-18)

States should extend benefits for youth in foster care, MU expert says
Each year, 29,000 foster youths are released from care as they become adults. A University of Missouri foster care expert has found that youth who receive care benefits through age 21 have greatly improved outcomes; he recommends all states consider extending benefits for foster youth. (2011-02-03)

Children in foster care three times more likely to have ADHD diagnosis
Researchers already knew that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder was the most common behavioral health diagnosis among children enrolled in Medicaid. A new study to be presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics 2015 National Conference & Exhibition in Washington, D.C., found that children in foster care were three times more likely than others to have an ADHD diagnosis. (2015-10-23)

For foster children, unstable placements have higher healthcare costs
For children in foster care, those with multiple placements are more likely to incur higher mental health costs than children in more stable placements. Those children in less-stable placements are also more likely to have higher medical costs in general. The findings may help policy makers to better target scarce healthcare resources to subgroups of children most in need of services, such as those in their first year of placement. (2004-05-03)

Children in foster care may be underaccounted for in the Medicaid program
The currently accepted statistics for numbers of children who live in foster care and are eligible for Medicaid may seriously underestimate the actual figure, according to a new analysis by pediatric researchers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The study also reinforces previous findings that significant numbers of children in foster care are failing to receive needed health care services. (2005-05-31)

Children in care are at greater risk of death
Children in care are more likely to die before age 18 compared with the general population of the same age, conclude researchers from Finland in this week's BMJ. The results indicate the need for continuing attention to be paid to the transition period from foster care to independence. (2001-07-26)

Young people need financial support and guidance when they age out of foster care, MU expert says
A University of Missouri child welfare expert studied young people who transitioned out of the foster care system and participated in Opportunity Passport, a financial education and matched-savings program. The young adults who completed the program reported smoother transitions into adulthood and increased financial responsibility. (2012-10-08)

Subsidies Affect Chances Of Adoption
Minority and handicapped children in the New York state foster care system who qualify for subsidies are twice as likely to get adopted as other children, according to a Cornell University study by Rosemary Avery. She has completed one of the most comprehensive studies tracking the outcome of foster care children. However, she notes, 90 percent of the foster children available for adoption in the state get adopted. (1998-05-04)

Children in foster care removed from homes for parental drug use
A research letter analyzed federally mandated data on children in foster care in the United States to examine how many children entered foster care because of parental drug use during the 2000 to 2017 fiscal years. There were nearly 5 million foster care entries during this period, of which nearly 1.2 million (about 23%) were home removals because of parental drug use. (2019-07-15)

Getting foster youth through college will take structured support, study concludes
The college graduation rate for students who have lived in foster care is 3 percent, among the lowest of any demographic group in the country. And this rate is unlikely to improve unless community colleges institute formal programs to assist foster youth both financially and academically, concludes a new study by researchers at University of the Pacific. (2015-04-19)

Kinship caregivers receive less support than foster parents despite lower socioeconomic status
Children placed with a relative after being removed from their home for maltreatment have fewer behavioral and social skills problems than children in foster care, but may have a higher risk for substance use and pregnancy as teenagers, according to a report in the February issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2011-02-07)

Intervention to improve foster families' lack of trust, connectedness
Researchers adapted a parenting program to help foster families address their greatest challenges, including overwhelmed foster parents and a lack of trust between caregivers and foster children. (2012-06-12)

Case Western Reserve studies find poor children staying longer in foster care under welfare reform
Three related studies at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences reveal how families involved with the child welfare system are deteriorating under welfare reform. (2004-04-26)

Antipsychotic meds for foster care, other poor children: Still quality challenges
Significant quality challenges persist in antipsychotic medication use for children in foster care and other Medicaid-insured children, according to a new Rutgers University-New Brunswick study. While overall prescribing rates for children in foster care and other Medicaid-insured children have leveled since the mid-2000s, some important guideline-recommended practices are frequently not followed. (2016-06-07)

New study examines value of routine laboratory screenings for children entering foster care
Routine laboratory screening recommended for children entering foster care carries high costs and questionable medical benefits. (2017-11-15)

LGBTQ youths are over-represented, have poorer outcomes in child welfare system
LGBTQ youths are more likely to end up in foster care or unstable housing and suffer negative outcomes, such as substance abuse or mental health issues, while living in the child welfare system, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin. (2019-02-11)

Lacking family support, those transitioning out of foster care need financial assistance
Every year, more than 23,000 youth leave foster care after turning 18 and begin adulthood. Unlike their peers who can depend on family who serve as support systems, those coming out of foster care have to be more self-sufficient and often face elevated risks of homelessness and poverty. Clark Peters says youth in foster care need not only financial education but guidance as they grow their experience obtaining and managing money to successfully navigate the path to adulthood. (2016-06-16)

Health Care Financing Administration's Chief Actuary Explains Improved Medicare Picture Under Balanced Budget Act Provisions
Richard Foster, the Chief Actuary of the federal Health Care Financing Administration, presents a financial status report on the Medicare program in the March/April issue of Public Health Reports. The projections described in the article are the same information that the new National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare will receive when it begins its work shortly. (1998-03-09)

Mental health preparedness among older youth in foster care
Researchers interviewed 17-year-olds in California foster care. The adolescents' use of mental health services is elevated, but not necessarily their confidence level. (2020-04-20)

Support needed for foster carers of LGBTQ young people
Research shows that more support is needed for foster carers looking after LGBTQ young people. Findings from the first ever study of LGBTQ young people in care in England found good examples of foster carers being available and sensitive, and offering acceptance and membership of their family. But there was also evidence of foster carers struggling to meeting the needs of LGBTQ young people due to a lack of knowledge, skills and support, ambivalence, discomfort, homophobia or transphobia. (2019-07-29)

Intervention reduces delinquent teenage pregancy rates
A program aimed at reducing criminal behavior in juvenile justice teens has yielded a surprising side benefit. The program is also reducing the teens' rate of pregnancy, according to a new study. (2009-06-01)

$350,000 grant awarded to UC Riverside researcher to study foster youth
Teens who age out of foster care at 18 face independence with gaps in their education, no job skills and little emotional support. Half report periods of incarceration and homelessness while transitioning from foster care to adulthood, says Tuppett Yates, associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside. A five-year, $350,000 grant from the William T. Grant Foundation will enable Yates to continue research on how youth emerging from foster care navigate young adulthood. (2012-04-26)

NYU Dentistry, foster care agency partnership, improves child health, aids student training
The New York University College of Dentistry and Graham Windham, a local NYC-based foster care agency, have partnered to provide regular dental care to more than 650 children since spring of 2011. The success of the program, Partners Against Caries, both for the participating foster children and the dental school students, may serve as a model for other dental schools' outreach programs. (2012-10-21)

Foster parents receive more support than kinship caregivers, UT Southwestern study finds
Children who are placed with a relative because of mistreatment at home fare better in some areas than those placed in foster care, but they may have a higher risk of substance use and teenage pregnancy. (2011-02-28)

Mental health service costs offset by savings in other public sectors
Penn State researchers have found that reduced expenditures for inpatient hospitalization, the juvenile justice system, the child welfare system and the special education system offset the costs of the improved mental health services delivered to youth through the system of care approach now being tried in communities in every state in the U.S. (2005-03-23)

What do sick kids really want in hospital?
Researchers at ECU's School of Nursing developed the 'Needs of Children Questionnaire' (NCQ), the first of its kind to measure children's self-reported psychosocial, physical and emotional needs in paediatric wards. (2019-07-02)

Foster kids do much better under approach developed by CU School of Medicine
Foster kids who receive mentoring and training in skills such as anger management, healthy communication, and problem solving are less likely to move foster homes or to be placed in a residential treatment center, and more likely to reunify with their biological families, according to a study by University of Colorado School of Medicine researchers. (2012-07-03)

Boston University School of Social Work receives grant to study post-foster care adolescents
In an effort to examine the experiences of youth after they leave foster care, the School of Social Work (SSW) at Boston University recently received a grant from the Massachusetts Youth Transitioning to Independent Living Task Force. The study will focus on tracking the outcomes of adolescents who shift out of care at age 18. (2006-05-16)

Ovarian stimulation in mice adversely affects embryo development and implantation
Norwegian researchers have shown that, in mice, stimulating the ovaries with hormone drugs to produce more eggs appears to impair the development of the embryo and its likelihood of implanting. (2001-01-30)

'Knowing it in your gut' is real
Gut bacteria influence anxiety-like behavior through alterations in the way the brain is wired. (2011-03-23)

Foster care children at much greater risk of physical, mental health problems
Children who have been in the US foster care system are at a significantly higher risk of mental and physical health problems -- ranging from learning disabilities, developmental delays and depression to behavioral issues, asthma and obesity -- than children who haven't been in foster care, according to a University of California, Irvine sociologist. (2016-10-17)

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