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Unaccompanied migrant children in the United States: Predictors of placement stability in long term foster care
Crea, T. M.,
Year Published: 2017
Children and Youth Services Review
Issue: February 2017
These authors examined the placement stability of unaccompanied migrant children in long term foster care from 2012 to 2015, and the pre-migration, transit, and post-placement risk factors that are associated with placement changes for these youths (n = 256). They found that experiencing violence in home countries, as well as significantly acting out while in care, were associated with a higher likelihood of changing placements. Migration-related trauma was not significant, but fear of returning to home countries and experiencing trauma unrelated to migration were both associated with a lower likelihood of changing placements. Children from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras were more likely to have experienced a failed family reunification prior to entering foster care. The authors discuss the importance of interpreting unaccompanied children's behavior in the larger context of pre-migration experiences and culture. Modified Author Abstract.