ThPS501:30

The potential role of occupational therapy in the foster care system

Poster (RES)

Mark Kovic1

1) Midwestern University, United States

The purpose of this study was to determine what specific supports and barriers may exist that help or hinder foster care youth from acquiring life skills.

The results indicated that there were definite gaps in the foster care system, specifically related to the acquisition of life skills by the foster care youth, negative impact of multiple placements and under involved foster care families.

Based on the responses to multiple survey questions, there does appear to be a definite role for occupational therapy within the foster care system.

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