Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Advisor

Chang, Janet

Second Advisor

Richter, Sally

Third Advisor

McCaslin, Rosemary


The purpose of this study was to examine how foster parents contributed to the wellness and permanency of an autistic foster child and to know if foster caregivers were adequately equipped to care for a child with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Foster parents of children with ASD were interviewed to gather their opinions and perceptions about whether their autistic foster children were receiving adequate services and if these services increased the child's safety and quality of life. The study used a qualitative design, with in-depth face-to-face and telephone interviews with nine foster parents of children diagnosed with ASD in child welfarte agencies in San Bernardino and Riverside County.

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