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HUS 2409 - Micro and Macro Systems in Human Services
Module 02 Assignment - Article Review
Instructions: Answer the following questions in complete sentences. Use the article provided as your
point of reference.
1) What is the title of the study? Who are the authors?
The title of the study is ‘Navigating a Complicated System of Care: Foster Parent Satisfaction with
Behavioral and Medical Health Services. The authors are Megan J. Hayes, Jennifer M. Geiger, Cynthia A.
Lietz.
2) Why was the study conducted?
The study was conducted in order to find out how best the needs of children in foster care systems
can be met. This was a follow up study, aimed at collecting additional information on medical health care
and behavioral healthcare needs that parents think their children in foster care misses (Hayes, Geiger &
Lietz, 2015).
3) According to the study, what are the types of problems that children in foster care experience?
(Academic, social, etc).
Children in foster care experiences behavioral, social and medical problems.
4) How was the study designed and what were the researchers trying to find out?
The study adopted a mixed method triangulation design (Hayes, Geiger & Lietz, 2015). Both
qualitative and quantitative data was used to provide information for the study. The participants were
asked both open ended and closed ended questions. The researchers in this study were trying to find out
the medical health service needs and behavioral service needs of children in the foster care system.
Through finding out these service needs, the researchers would know how best the needs of children in
foster care system can be met.
5) Who were the participants in the study?
The participants in this study are parents of children with foster care needs. A total of 442 parents
of children with foster care needs gave their experiences with seeking medical services, vision and dental
services as well as behavioral health care needs (Hayes, Geiger & Lietz, 2015).About 12% of the parents
had medically fragile children (Hayes, Geiger & Lietz, 2015).
6) What did the study indicate with regard to obtaining medical, dental and vision services for children
in foster care?
The study indicated that it is difficult to find insurance for children in foster care in rural areas
(Hayes, Geiger & Lietz, 2015). The parents with children in foster system seek those services in urban
areas. It was indicated that it is difficult to find dentist who can accept foster children’s insurance. It was
also indicated that it takes a longer period of time and more efforts to get authorization for specialized
medical services such as surgery (Hayes, Geiger & Lietz, 2015). For example, the parents have to engage
in advocacy for the authorization to be done.
7) What did the study indicate with regard to obtaining behavioral health services for children in foster
care?

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HUS 2409 - Micro and Macro Systems in Human Services
Module 02 Assignment - Article Review
The study indicated that it takes a longer time period to obtain behavioral health services
(Hayes, Geiger & Lietz, 2015). This means that the behavioral health services are not readily available
and thus parents do not get help with their children at the right time.
8) What issues were identified by the study with regard to the provision of behavioral health services to
children in foster care?
The issues identified by the study are lack of individualized services and lack of consistency in
service provision. As noted by Hayes, Geiger & Lietz (2015), the behavioral health services available to
children with foster care needs are just general and thus not customized to the specifics needs of each
child. This means that the services are not satisfactory. The behavioral health services are not
standardized, but instead the quality keeps changing as new staff members are hired.
9) What was the common theme throughout the comments of foster care parents?
The common theme is that parents want to be involved in the treatment process for their children
who need foster care (Hayes, Geiger & Lietz, 2015). The parents want to be involved in goal setting and
treatment planning processes so as to get consistent behavioral health services.
10) Why is the behavioral health system difficult for foster care parents to navigate?
It is difficult for foster care parents to navigate the behavioral health system because the services
are inconsistent (Hayes, Geiger & Lietz, 2015). The parents are therefore not guaranteed of quality
services each time they need behavioral healthcare services for their children. The inconsistency in
provision of behavioral health care services is due to staff turnover experienced in the institutions offering
these services.

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HUS 2409 - Micro and Macro Systems in Human Services Module 02 Assignment - Article Review Instructions: Answer the following questions in complete sentences. Use the article provided as your point of reference. 1) What is the title of the study? Who are the authors? The title of the study is ‘Navigating a Complicated System of Care: Foster Parent Satisfaction with Behavioral and Medical Health Services’. The authors are Megan J. Hayes, Jennifer M. Geiger, Cynthia A. Lietz. 2) Why was the study conducted? The study was conducted in order to find out how best the needs of children in foster care systems can be met. This was a follow up study, aimed at collecting additional information on medical health care and behavioral healthcare needs that parents think their children in foster care misses (Hayes, Geiger & Lietz, 2015). 3) According to the study, what are the types of problems tha ...
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