Relationship Between Child Welfare Agencies And Birth Fathers Of Children

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The purpose of one quantitative study, Involvement of African American Father in Kinship Foster Care Services (O’Donnell, 1999), was to gauge the degree of interaction between child welfare agencies and birth fathers of children in kinship foster care. This study was designed as a secondary data analysis involving structured interviews with caseworkers in two private child welfare agencies that had been in business for several decades. Qualifications for involvement in the study initially only included the caveat that the child be in kinship foster care placement for over a year. However, after the first stage of sampling yielded only thirteen percent placement in paternal kinship foster homes, the second stage of sampling consciously aimed to capture a higher representation of this population. Although agency administrators advised that this percentage was an accurate reflection of the proportion of the paternal kinship placements in their agencies, the low number of paternal family placements in the first stage of sampling did not support an adequate analysis of casework practice in these types of placements. This disproportionate oversampling of paternal kinship foster homes was a major limitation in this study as was the lack of generalizability as only two agencies were part of the study. Greater detail regarding the exact methodology can be found within the article. Within this study included statistics on the characteristics of African American fathers, their

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