Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Gordon, Zoila


Children enter the Child Welfare System for a variety of complex reasons.

These reasons often point towards parents’ inability to provide appropriate

protection and safety for their children. After removal, many children are placed in

foster homes of relatives, non-related extended family members, group homes,

and county or private foster homes. A child who is removed from their original

home is likely to experience difficulties in the areas of attachment with caregivers

and other adults throughout their development.

This study examined the attachment styles of 37 foster and adoptive parents in

three separate private Foster Family Agencies in both San Bernardino and

Riverside Counties. Foster and adoptive parents were assessed through the

Relationship Questionnaire through a tool, which examined each parent’s level of

attachment security. The perspectives of foster and adoptive parents on their

child’s relational attachments were assessed through The Behavioral

Assessment System of Children, Second Edition (BASC-2) across seven subsets

(Reynolds & Kamphaus, 2004).

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