Expediting permanent placement from foster care systems: The role of family group decision-making

Eugene W. Wang, Matthew C. Lambert, Leah E. Johnson, Brock Boudreau, Rebecca Breidenbach, Donald Baumann

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This research focused on the impact of Family Group Decision-Making on expediting youths' exits from the foster care system through family reunification, permanent placement with relatives, or adoption using a sample of youths (N = 80,690) in foster care in the state of Texas. The results from a discrete-time survival analysis indicated that Family Group Conferences after removal increased the odds of achieving the desired outcome of placement with family (reunification with family or placement with relatives) compared to adoption. Results also indicated that, although Family Group Conferences after removal did not decrease time to permanency, neither did they significantly increase time to permanency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)845-850
Number of pages6
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2012


  • Discrete-time survival analysis
  • Family Group Conferences
  • Family Group Decision-Making
  • Foster care system
  • Permanent placement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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