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Foster Parent Focus Groups for Improving Engagement in the Court Process
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Author(s): Corey S. Shdaimah* * Corresponding Author
This dataset is the result of 6 focus groups of Maryland foster parents and their experiences with the court process. The groups were recruited from Baltimore City (2), Baltimore County (1), Montgomery County (1), Queen Anne’s County (1), and Allegany County (1) with a total of 45 participants. The guided discussions concentrated on the factors that either hindered or promoted foster parent involvement in the court process as well as suggestions for improvement. The dataset consists of verbatim transcripts of the group dialogs incorporating issues such as communication, accurate information, and the court environment/setting.
Geographic Coverage
Allegany County (Md.)
Baltimore (Md.)
Baltimore County (Md.)
Montgomery County (Md.)
Queen Anne's County (Md.)
Subject of Study
Subject Domain
Population Age
Adult (19 years to 64 years)
Subject Gender
Access Restrictions
Approval required
Access Instructions
Please contact Dr. Corey Shdaimah
Associated Publications
Shdaimah, C. & Rosen, J. (2020). “We’re the eyes for these children 24 hours a day”: Foster parents’ understanding of their role as foster carers. Child Welfare, 98(1), 1-22.
Data Type
Equipment Used
Digital Recorder
Dataset Format(s)
Microsoft Word
Grant Support
MOU # M16-0009-26PR/Maryland Foster Care Court Improvement Program