A model of foster care advocacy for child welfare practitioners

ROSENWALD Mitchell A., RILEY Beth N.
Journal article citation:
Journal of Public Child Welfare, 5(2-3), April 2011, pp.251-270.
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

Noting the importance of advocacy as an intervention in foster care, this article presents a model of advocacy for practitioners to use with young people in family foster care and other foster care placements. The model is based on the action strategy model. It has 3 domains: preparing for advocacy (how practitioners can assist potential foster parents and assessing foster parent potential), advocacy with service providers (looking at areas of advocacy in courts, social services, schools, health and mental health systems, and interdisciplinary teams), and advocacy with macro systems (a view of advocacy in larger systems including agencies, legislation and community). The article discusses advocacy in each of these areas and presents an illustrative case vignette. It also discusses applying the model to practice, and sets out variables that may influence success (public versus private settings, flexibility of funds, collaboration, choice of lead advocate, costs of advocacy, and a practitioner's sense of self efficacy).

Subject terms:
social workers, young people, advocacy, childrens social care, foster care;
United States
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