Date of Award

5-1-2011

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

Department

Social Work and Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Susan N. Kossak

Second Advisor

Dr. Joyce G. Dickerson

Third Advisor

Dr. Vimala Pillari

Abstract

This is a descriptive study of DeKaib County Department of Family and Children Services’ (DFCS) educational program and academic performance of foster children in their care. This study specifically examines the relationship between placement instability, school mobility, and interagency communication on the academic performance of these children as measured by their Grade Point Average (GPA). The results of the study suggest that there is a significant statistical relationship between school mobility and academic performance and interagency communication and academic performance based on a 0.05 level of probability between the variables. However, a statistically significant relationship between placement instability and academic performance was not found. This study and similar studies can assist DeKaib DFCS and other DFCS agencies in Georgia in developing effective programs that better target educational services for children entering foster care.

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