We study the link between couple, co-parenting, and parenting practices to inform services that enhance the quality and stability of care for Georgia's foster youth.
While foster parenting can be very rewarding, there are many unique challenges and stressors that foster parent couples experience following the placement of a child in their home that may jeopardize placement quality and stability. Our research examines the factors and processes influencing foster parents' couple and coparenting relationship. For example:
Mallette, J., Futris, T.G., & Schramm, D. (2018). Fostering a culture of family-centered care: Child welfare professionals’ beliefs about fathers, family instability, and the value of relationship education. Child and Family Social Work, 23 (3), 354-363. https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12422
Richardson, E.W. Futris, T., Mallette, J., Campbell, A. (2018). Foster mothers’ parenting stress and coparenting quality: An examination of the moderating role of support. Children and Youth Services Review, 89, 77-82. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.04.024
Richardson, R. W., Futris, T. G., Duncan, J. C., & Mallette, J. K. (2018). Meeting the couple and coparenting relationship needs of foster caregivers: A needs assessment of child welfare county directors in Georgia. Journal of Extension [On-line], 56 (1). Available at https://www.joe.org/joe/2018february/rb6.php