Journal of Foster Care

The Journal of Foster Care (JFC) is a peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication dedicated to the dissemination of quality scholarly works encompassing all areas of foster care, kinship care, and other non-parental custodial environments in the United States. As the only US-based journal specifically focused on this vulnerable population, JFC hopes to act as a change agent for a system in crisis.

JFC accepts manuscripts in the areas of health, education, psychology, counseling, treatment, abuse and neglect, transition, legal, policy, career, parental education and training, and outcomes. JFC seeks empirical research studies, critical review, editorials, program and initiative reporting, and professional practice articles to encompass all facets of the foster care system can be examined and discussed. JFC continually publishes all papers as soon as they are proofed so that the information is provided to the foster care community as quickly as possible and there are no fees for publication or access. JFC welcomes submissions of the highest quality, reflecting a wide range of perspectives, topics, contexts, and methods, including interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary work.




Call for Papers

Every year, more than 250,000 children in the United States are removed from their homes and enter the foster care system and add to a growing population that stands at more than 437,000 children (Children's Bureau, 2018). Nearly 75% of these children are placed in the care of a non-relative. Although family reunification is almost always the goal, only 55% of children in foster care will return home. The average age of foster children in the U.S. is 8 years old. These children are at greater risk to become pregnant, homeless, or incarcerated. Of those children who have spent any time in foster care, fewer than half graduate high school, 25% will be incarcerated, and only 3% will obtain a college degree (Children's Bureau, 2014). Health, education, and incarceration outcomes for children who exit foster care at 18 years of age not having been adopted or returned home (i.e. ‘age out’) are poorer with 75% not completing high school or a GED program, 7 in 10 girls becoming pregnant by age 21, and 20% becoming instantly homeless on their 18th birthday. In addition, 2,677,000 children are in voluntary kinship (relatives or family friends) care meaning 1 in 20 U.S.  children are not living with their biological parents (United States Census Bureau, 2017). 

Although there are academic journals that focus of issues common to those faced by children in foster care, no scholarly journal existed in the U.S. with a specific focus on the foster care system. The Journal of Foster Care (JFC) was established to fill that gap and create awareness of the needs of this system and population of children with a holistic approach.  Open to articles in the areas of health, education, psychology, counseling, treatment, abuse and neglect, transition, legal, policy, career, parental education and training, and outcomes, we hope to become a valuable resource for researchers, practitioners, teachers, parents, and students working in and around the foster care system. To maintain a broad portfolio that truly encompasses the vast number of issues on a topic like foster care, JFC seeks empirical research studies, critical review, editorials, program and initiative reporting, and professional practice articles to include all facets of the foster care system can be examined and discussed. 

JFC is an open-access journal with no publication fees. All submissions are subject to a double-blind peer-review process to ensure that JFC upholds the highest standard of quality possible. One accepted and copyedited, articles will be immediately made available to the public.

JFC is more than an academic journal or a repository of information. We are an agent of change focused on improving the lives and outcomes of children in foster care through empirical research, data-driven decision making, and communication to all stakeholders and at every level of the foster care system.

We invite you to submit your manuscript for consideration to be included in the Journal of Foster Care’s initial issue. For more information or to submit an article, please visit http://journaloffostercare.com or contact the editor-in-chief or managing editor. If you are interested in becoming a reviewer for JFC, please email your CV and statement of interest directly to the editor-in-chief using the information below.

Thank you and we look forward to your submission to the Journal of Foster Care.

-The JFC Editorial Board


Editor-in-Chief:

Dr. Daniel P. Kelly
Assistant Professor
Texas Tech University
College of Education
Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership

Phone: 806-834-5391
daniel.kelly@ttu.edu

 

References

Children's Bureau (2014). Highlights from state reports to the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD), federal fiscal year 2013. Washington, D.C.: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families.

Children's Bureau (2018). The AFCARS report: Preliminary FY 2017 estimates as of August 2018. Washington, D.C.: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families.

United States Census Bureau, (2017). Current Population Survey: Annual Social and Economic (CPS ASEC) Supplement Survey, United States. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor]. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR37075.v1

 

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