Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Paul C. Friday

Second Advisor

Dr. Subhash Sonnad

Third Advisor

Dr. Lewis Walker

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


A formative evaluation of the Foster Shelter Care Unit was conducted in order to analyze the success/failure of the program during its firs t year of operation. Data on 77 cases were analyzed, and nine Independent variables and one dependent variable were bivariately tested 1n order to provide a theoretical explanation of the success/failure rate.

The evaluation was conducted 1n order to supply the Foster Shelter Care Unit with recommendations to enhance its success/ failure rate and to modify its existing policies.

The success rate for the unit was 48.1%, and it was found that the only significant association with this rate was the type of offense the youth committed. Thus, delinquent offenders were more likely to succeed in the disposition than status offenders.

From this conclusion, it was recommended that the court use the Foster Shelter Care Unit to detain more medium-risk delinquent offenders, as well as status offenders bound for foster care.

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