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Key Personnel:
Marion A. Becker, Ph.D., R.N.
Neil Jordan, Ph.D.
Rebecca Larsen, M.S.P.H.

Predictors of Successful Permanency Planning and Length of Stay In Florida's Foster Care System

Publication Date: 12/1/2003

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Despite growing awareness that the foster care system is not operating as planned, relatively little research has been done on the predictors of successful permanency planning and timely exit from foster care placement. Successful permanency planning is defined as planned placement and exit from foster care within 12 months of entry that is unaccompanied by foster care reentry in the 6 months after exit. The purpose of this study was to examine foster care placement outcomes in the State of Florida and identify predictors of successful permanency planning and children's length of stay in foster care. This study was completed at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI) and was funded by a contract with the Florida Agency for Health Administration (AHCA).