Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Advisor

Davis, Thomas

Second Advisor

Toney, Sandra

Third Advisor

Chang, Janet C.


This study proposed to explore several factors that promote foster parent satisfaction in order to preserve quality foster homes to serve the 532,000 displaced children currently in the child welfare system. A sample of 52 foster parents were surveyed to determine overall satisfaction with their foster care experience at Children's Way Foster Family Agency in San Bernardino, California. It was hypothesized that the higher the level of foster parent satisfaction, the higher rates of retention. A modified version of an existing instrument titled "Foster Parent Satisfaction Survey" was utilized in this study.