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A Mixed-Methods Study Exploring the Educational Experiences of Foster Youth and Foster Parents During COVID-19.

Lee, Hyunji and Rauktis, Mary E and Mulzet, Morgan and Jenkins, Aimee Sgourakis (2023) A Mixed-Methods Study Exploring the Educational Experiences of Foster Youth and Foster Parents During COVID-19. Child Adolesc Social Work J. 1 - 25. ISSN 0738-0151

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The COVID-19 pandemic and measures taken to decrease the spread impacted youth in foster care and foster parents in a myriad of ways. One critical yet unexplored area is how educational changes during the first 2 years of the pandemic impacted this specific group of youth in foster care and foster parents. This exploratory study used three methods: (1) A scoping review of the prior research on pandemics/climate events and school closures and the research from early 2020; (2) individual interviews and focus groups with foster parents and teachers; and (3) an online survey of 88 foster parents. We endeavored to include findings at each stage of the process. Research from prior epidemics and school closures and predictive models predicted learning losses which were verified by the findings in the survey and interviews. Foster parents reported that the youth in foster care had great difficulty concentrating with on-line delivery and the absence or greatly limited access to mental health services compounded the challenges. Even as children returned to classrooms, the behavior of children, youth resulted in suspensions and expulsions likely increasing learning losses. The discussion identifies some approaches to addressing COVID-19 learning gaps and the mental health needs of this vulnerable group of children and youth.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Lee, Hyunji
Rauktis, Mary E
Mulzet, Morgan
Jenkins, Aimee Sgourakisaimees@pitt.eduAIMEES0000-0002-0094-236X
Date: 23 February 2023
Date Type: Acceptance
Journal or Publication Title: Child Adolesc Social Work J
Page Range: 1 - 25
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s10560-023-00922-3
Schools and Programs: University libraries > University Library System
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19, Education, Foster care, Learning gaps, Learning losses, Pandemic, Youth in foster care
ISSN: 0738-0151
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Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2023 21:28
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2023 04:55


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