Should I stay or should I go? Children's placement preferences longitudinally

Darcey H. Merritt, Todd M. Franke

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Perceptions of permanency from the child's perspective can aid in giving voices to children impacted by foster care, thus promoting their personal sense of empowerment. This research represents a longitudinal assessment of how children living in foster care perceive permanency; specifically, their placement preferences while living in temporary foster care. Analyses were conducted on a subset of 2,671 children from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW). Utilizing attachment and social capital constructs, children's preferences were predicted using Generalized Ordered Logistic regression analyses. Results demonstrated differences in children's perceptions and preferences for permanency at three waves of data collection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-67
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Social Service Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009


  • Attachment
  • Children's permanency preferences
  • Social capital

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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