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Matching children with foster carers: A literature review

Zeijlmans, K., López, M., Grietens, H. & Knorth, E. J., Feb-2017, In : Children and Youth Services Review. 73, p. 257-265 9 p.

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Matching in family foster care is a form of complex decision-making influenced by more than case factors alone. Organizational, contextual, and decision-maker factors also contribute to the process. This scoping review has synthesized the empirical literature on matching decisions in family foster care. The 12 included studies reveal that a diverse, broad range of case factors is considered during matching. Organizational factors can limit practitioners' ability to choose a desired placement. Furthermore, policy-related influences affect matching practices, as do personal viewpoints of decision-makers. We conclude that matching in foster care is a very complex process. Two interrelated topics can guide future research: outcomes (knowledge of case factors when making matching decisions) and processes (understanding the different organizational, decision-maker, and external influences that might hinder or promote good matching practice). Bringing both together in one comprehensive model could help to improve matching practice. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-265
Number of pages9
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume73
Publication statusPublished - Feb-2017

    Keywords

  • Family foster care, Matching, Out-of-home care, Placement success, Decision-making, DECISION-MAKING ECOLOGY, AFRICAN-AMERICAN, PLACEMENT, MALTREATMENT, ATTITUDES, SUCCESS, WELFARE, INTERVENTIONS, METAANALYSIS, PROTECTION

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