Providing Foster Care for Adolescents: Barriers and Opportunities

Jennifer M. Geiger, Megan J. Hayes, Cynthia Lietz

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This study used quantitative and qualitative data from a larger research project regarding foster parent experiences to examine the characteristics that predict a parent’s willingness to foster an adolescent. Data collected from closed- and open-ended items related to reasons for not fostering a teen were also analyzed. Findings suggest parents who are older and were a foster child themselves, increased the likelihood they would foster a teen. When discussing reasons for not fostering an adolescent, parents identified fears of problem behaviors and concerns about negative impact on other children; findings that were corroborated in responses to the open-ended comments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-254
Number of pages18
JournalChild and Youth Services
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2014


  • adolescents
  • child welfare
  • foster care
  • foster parents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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