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The National Foster Parent Association is a champion for the thousands of families that open their hearts and their homes to the over 400,000 children in out-of-home placement in the US.

NFPA believes in the importance of family-based care for foster children and that every child deserves support and a permanent family.

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The purpose of this research is to conduct a mixed methods research project and investigate foster parent perceptions of their coparenting, parent identity, and behavioral problems of their foster child. The proposed project is intended to fill the following gaps in the literature regarding: (a) factors that affect coparenting quality among foster mothers and fathers; (b) factors that affect involvement and identities of foster mothers and fathers; (c) associations among coparenting, identity, and involvement of foster mothers and fathers; and (d) associations between coparenting, parenting, and child well-being in foster families. There is a lack of research that clearly delineates the unique and shared contributions of foster mothers and foster fathers within the coparenting relationship. Specifically, there are very few studies that examine foster parents as couples in the United States, quantitatively examine foster parent coparenting and fathering, or discuss foster parent identity as a foster mother/father.

This research will be used to develop research publications so that others can be informed of the results, develop a training on coparenting and couple relationships for foster parents, and develop conference presentations for national foster parent and family-oriented organizations. I would also be willing to write a report for the NFPA newletter or website if requested. 


Anyone who is currently a licensed foster parent is welcome to be a part of a study that is aimed at understanding the couple and parent relationship between foster parent spouses/couples. Details and instructions will be provided with the survey. WE NEED TO HEAR FROM BOTH FOSTER FATHERS AND FOSTER MOTHERS. Most research only focuses on women and we need to hear from both!

Why do it?

Your contribution to this study is greatly valued and your responses are important. It is my hope that your involvement will provide information toward improving future training for foster parents and others involved in the foster care system. The first 130 participants will receive a $5 incentive at the close of the survey. If you are interested, there is an opportunity to participate in a phone interview. The first 30 couples to agree to a phone interview will receive a $20 gift card (sign-up details are in the survey). 

What do I need to do?

Participate in a one-time survey that will take you about 12-18 minutes to complete if you do it in one sitting. You may request a paper survey or a link to take the survey online. You may end your participation at any time if you change your mind. 

How do I do it?

To enter the online survey, follow this link:

You can also email Morgan Cooley at request a paper survey and a postage paid return envelope. Thanks!

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