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Private and public sector foster homes in B.C. : views of resource social workers Taylor, Marion Scott


In this study the views of resource social workers regarding public and private sector foster homes in British Columbia were investigated. Questionnaires were sent to Ministry of Social Services (Ministry) resource social workers and their responses were analyzed. Descriptive statistics were used to summarize and translate quantitative data. Written statements were subject to a content analysis. This study found that Ministry foster homes were resource social workers' preferred placement option for children. Private sector foster carers and the array of services provided by the agencies/contractors were viewed as providing a valuable specialized service for children with challenging behaviour. Monitoring, standards and accountability were identified as issues because of the lack of standards and policy guiding resource social workers' practice when contracting with agencies/ contractors to provide private sector foster care. Smaller caseloads and additional resource social workers were viewed as a prerequisite for Ministry resource social workers in order to provide a similar service to that of the private sector.

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