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Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Lim, Caroline, Ph.D., MSW


Background and purpose: Over the past ten years, there have been more foster parents. Still, foster parents find it difficult to fulfill their obligations. It is crucial to conduct research into the variables that affect foster parents' effectiveness. Method: The Aim of this study was to gather quantitative data utilizing a cross-sectional study from foster parents to determine whether there is a correlation between their level of preparedness to be foster parents and the number of placement changes. The target sample included foster parents who had fostered children within the last twelve months. Although the nonprobability sampling technique was practical, the researchers did not reach their optimum sample size. The participants' demographic characteristics were gathered empathy and behavior. A 16-item scale was used to gather this information. In addition, a correlation between foster parents’ level of preparedness and placement changes were examined. Results: An ethnically diverse sample of participants who were mostly African American and educated decided to participate in this study. 11 individuals whose average age was 45, mostly female with a bachelor's degree or above. Conclusion: The study revealed that foster parents’ level of preparedness did not have an impact on placement changes. As much as foster parents felt prepared, the number of placement changes still increased.

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