Causes of Placement Breakdown for Foster Children Affected by Alcohol

  • Jason D. Brown
  • Lisa M. Bednar
  • Nadine Sigvaldason


A sample of 63 licensed foster parents who had fostered a child who was diagnosed with a disorder in the fetal alcohol spectrum were asked “What would make you consider ending a placement with a child who has a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder?” The responses to this question were grouped together by foster parents. The grouping data were subjected to multidimensional scaling and cluster analysis. Results indicated that foster parents would consider ending a placement if they felt they were being taken for granted, burned out, had insufficient information about the child, or if the child had serious behavior problems, caused harm to others in the home, or did not comply with household rules and routines. Discrepancies between the literature and study results were described and suggestions for future research were made.


Foster parents Fetal alcohol syndrome Placement breakdown Concept map 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jason D. Brown
    • 1
  • Lisa M. Bednar
    • 1
  • Nadine Sigvaldason
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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