School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
Foster care, foster care program evaluation, foster parent retention, foster care programs
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Morton, Brittany, "Program Evaluation on 4Kids on Foster Parent Retention" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4954.
The number of children coming to the foster care system is increasing while the individuals willing to be foster parents and take these children in their care is rapidly decreasing. There are some aspects that play a crucial part in foster parents’ choice to foster children, including available resources and motivation. Research has studied why foster parents elect to foster and what leads foster parents to close their doors. For the foster care programs that provide services to foster parents, there is minimal research on foster care program evaluation regarding foster parent retention. The program evaluation aims to assess 4Kids and its effects on foster parent retention utilizing quantitative archival data from 4Kids. For this study, the hypothesis is that foster parents will continue to foster due to the services provided by 4Kids. The results from the study can offer insight into what services are needed to retain foster parents.