Honors Projects


Alana MarshFollow


:The purpose of the following research was to identify the experiences and needs of biological children in a foster family. An online survey was sent to licensed foster families from a private agency. The survey included questions about the experiences, both positive and negative, of biological children before foster youth enter the home, during their stay, and after they exit the home. Analysis of 21 survey answers and thorough review of literature indicated significant lack of available resources for foster parents to utilize when preparing their biological children for this family change. Results also showed that children held damaging misconceptions about foster care previous to foster children entering the home. Survey results mirror various findings from research and have strong implications for foster care agencies and practice. The research prompted the creation of a curriculum for children before the family becomes licensed to foster. This exploratory research is not generalizable but concludes that future research should explore the needs of biological children in more depth. Future research and policy should also work to establish new placement procedures, family assessment criteria, and pre training classes for both foster parents and their children.


Social Work


Social Work

First Advisor

Mamta Ojha

First Advisor Department

Social Work

Second Advisor

Melissa Burek

Second Advisor Department

Criminal Justice

Publication Date

Spring 5-2-2016

Curriculum for Biological Children.pptm (138572 kB)
Curriculum Power Point

Curriculum Lesson Plan.docx (16 kB)
Lesson Plan

Instructor letter.docx (12 kB)
Letter to Instructor

Parent letter.docx (12 kB)
Letter to Parents

TrueFalse worksheet Student.docx (12 kB)
Lesson 1 worksheet

TrueFalse worksheet Instructor.docx (13 kB)
Lesson 1 worksheet

What We're doing worksheet Instructor.docx (12 kB)
Lesson 1 worksheet

What We're doing worksheet Student.docx (11 kB)
Lesson 1 worksheet

Resolving Conflict worksheet Student.docx (15 kB)
Lesson 2 worksheet

Resolving Conflict worksheet Instuctor.docx (15 kB)
Lesson 2 worksheet

My role worksheet instructor.docx (11 kB)
My role worksheet student.docx (11 kB)
Sibling order worksheet instructor.docx (13 kB)
Sibling order worksheet student.docx (12 kB)