Although foster care is often spoken of as a system with many interactive facets, foster care personnel often carry out their specific roles with little understanding or consideration of the ultimate impact of that system. A simulation of public foster care service delivery designed to sensitize participants to these interactions is described. Evaluation of the simulation's accuracy in portrayal of actual service delivery and a study of the kinds of learning demonstrated by participants at three points (pretest, posttest, and follow-up) are reported. Participants found the simulation an attractive training method, indicated a greater appreciation of system-wide foster care problems, and reported changes in foster care thinking and work, but other indicators of learning were inconsistent.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/0190-7409(84)90059-8
Journal Children and Youth Services Review
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Rooney, R.H. (Ronald H.), Moore, L.M. (Linda M.), & Schwartz, K. (1984). The foster care system simulation: Evaluation of a training innovation. Children and Youth Services Review, 6(3), 173–193. doi:10.1016/0190-7409(84)90059-8