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dc.contributor.authorLietz, C.A.
dc.contributor.authorGeiger, J.M.
dc.contributor.authorHayes, M.J.
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-10T14:25:34Z
dc.date.available2016-12-11T10:30:10Z
dc.date.issued2015-12
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationHayes, M. J., Geiger, J. M. and Lietz, C. A. Navigating a Complicated System of Care: Foster Parent Satisfaction with Behavioral and Medical Health Services. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. 2015. 32(6): 493-505. DOI: 10.1007/s10560-015-0388-2.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0738-0151
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10027/20720
dc.descriptionPost print version of article may differ from published version. The final publication is available at springerlink.com; DOI: 10.1007/s10560-015-0388-2.en_US
dc.description.abstractChildren and youth in foster care often have increased medical and behavioral needs, as a result of maltreatment experiences. As primary caregivers, foster parents serve a critical role in ensuring their medical and behavioral health needs are met, yet there is little research depicting foster parents’ experiences with such services. This study examined perspectives of 442 foster parents regarding their experiences with children’s behavioral and medical health services, through closed and open-ended survey questions, to provide further insight into how to best meet the needs of children in the foster care system. Findings suggest that foster parents are generally satisfied with medical services. They were particularly pleased when they perceived caseworkers were efficient with paperwork and provided comprehensive information at intake. They appreciated providers who were able to make appointments on short notice and were patient with children with a variety of needs. Foster parents were less satisfied with behavioral health services. They cited concerns about the timeliness of acquiring behavioral health services, lack of individualized services, and how turnover impacted consistency and progress of services. Consistently, foster parents provided examples of their role in advocating for the needs of the children in their care and described the need to be heard, consulted, and included in assessment and treatment. This study offers important implications for service providers and policy makers to review implementation of current practice and policies, and demonstrates the commitment foster parents have to ensuring the health and behavioral health needs of our most vulnerable children are met.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherSpringer Verlagen_US
dc.subjectServicesen_US
dc.subjectSatisfactionen_US
dc.subjectMedical and behavioral healthen_US
dc.subjectFoster parentsen_US
dc.subjectFoster careen_US
dc.titleNavigating a Complicated System of Care: Foster Parent Satisfaction with Behavioral and Medical Health Servicesen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US


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