Date of Award

5-2017

Document Type

Capstone-Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Program Name

Public Administration

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Christi S. Bartman

Abstract

Guam’s unique history and social makeup has created an environment for child protective services and foster care that is unlike any other place in the United States. The demographics of the island present an interesting challenge for the foster care system and large sibling groups are difficult (and often impossible) to place together. This study was created to survey current foster parents in the system and provide suggestions for improvements to the system. Though Guam has an unusual population, it appears that foster parents were interested in many of the same issues presented through similar studies in the United States. They made many suggestions on improvements that could be made to the system including: mandatory training, structured respite care, and more inclusion in decision making about the children in the system. This study then expanded on those suggestions with ideas from other states and programs and how they created better foster care systems.

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