Foster Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Prevalence, Length of Stay, and Placement Patterns

Lucy A. Bilaver, Judy Havlicek

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Abstract

The goals of this study are to identify the prevalence of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) entering out-of-home care and to focus attention on length of stay and placement stability. To achieve these goals, this study links Illinois administrative data with Medicaid records. Overall, 2.4% of the sample has a diagnosis of ASD. The median length of stay for children with ASD is 1.6 times longer than children without ASD. A latent class analysis identifies three distinct profiles of movement: escalating, de-escalating, and continuous. Study findings are discussed in the context of service needs of children with ASD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)496-519
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Public Child Welfare
Volume7
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 24 2013

Keywords

  • foster care
  • policy issues
  • research methodology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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