​We would like to invite you to take part in a web-based research project being conducted by National Council For Adoption (NCFA) and Northeastern University. The purpose of this research is to find ways to more effectively train and support foster parents in their efforts and care for the foster children in their care.

  • You must be 18 years old to be in this research project.
  • The study will take place electronically and will take about 15 minutes each time, and you will be asked to answer questions at several key points in time (e.g. prior to your training as a foster parent, when you receive your first child placement, etc.). Over the course of this study you may be asked to complete up to a total of 7 questionnaires
  • There are no foreseeable risks or discomforts to you for taking part in this survey.
  • There are no direct benefits to you for participating in the study. However, your answers may help us learn more about how to better support Mississippi (MS) foster parents as they care for foster children places in their homes. It is hoped that the information gathered in this study will help social service professionals understand what is working in the current system and what issues are in need of being addressed.
  • Your part in this study will be handled in a confidential manner. The primary researcher at Northeastern University will not know you have participated in this study. Only the person responsible for sending out the electronic surveys (NCFA Data Analyst) will know you have participated in this study. Once you agree to participate, you will be assigned a number that will be used to code your responses. Any reports of publications based on this research will use only group data and will not identify you or any individual as being part of this project. However, if during the completion of the surveys you disclose that child abuse, harm or neglect has occurred or is occurring, the researchers will report this information to the appropriate MS state officials.
  • The decision to participate in this research project is up to you. You do not have to participate and you can refuse to answer any question. Even if you begin the study, you may withdraw at any time. If you do not participate or if you decide to quit, you will not lose any rights, benefits or services that would otherwise have as a foster parents in the state of Mississippi
  • You will not be paid for your participation in this study.

If you have any questions regarding electronic privacy, please feel free to contact Mark Nardone, Northeastern University's Director of Information Security via phone at 617-373-7901 or via email at privacy@neu.edu.

If you have any questions about this study, please feel free to contact Ryan Hanlon, the Vice President of Education, Research, and Constituent Services at National Council For Adoption (NCFA) at rhanlon@adoptioncouncil.org as the person responsible for initial coordination of your study participation. You may also contact Elise Dallimore at e.dallimore@neu.edu, the Principal Investigator at Northeastern University.

If you have any questions about your rights in this research, you may contact Nan C. Regina, Director, Human Subject Research Protection, Mail Stop: 560-177, 360 Huntington Avenue, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115. 617-373-4588 or email n.regina@neu.edu. You may call anonymously if you wish.

This study has been reviewed and approved by the Northeastern University Institutional Review Board (#17-01-26).

This survey is the intellectual property of Dr. Elise Dallimore and NCFA, please do not duplicate without written permission.

Thank you for participating in our survey.