Article type: Original Research

PUBLISHED 1 January 1986

Volume 11 Issue 1

Parental Involvement in Foster Family Care

Anthony Maluccio, James Whittaker


1 The University of Connecticut School of Social Work West Hartford, Connecticut

2 The University of Washington School of Social Work Seattle, Washington

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Parental involvement has become a cornerstone of the movement to promote permanency planning for children and youth wo are placed — or at risk of placement — out of teir homes. Foster family care in particular provides many opportunities for effective involvement of biological parents in child welfare practice. Following consideration of the rationale and purposes of parental involvement, this article focuses on implications and guidelines for promoting optimal participation of biological parents.

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